Akash Madhwal was clearly the star of the show. He picked up the most economical five-for in IPL history – 5 for 5 in 3.3 overs. He might have taken more but Super Giants kept ruining their match in ridiculous ways. Marcus Stoinis tried his best but unfortunately lost his wicket after a collision with Hooda while taking two runs. Mumbai scored 182 runs after choosing bat first. Marcus Stoinis looked dangerous, but Rohit remained calm while rotating the bowlers in the middle overs, which favored Mumbai Indians. They will now face Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 2 at Ahmedabad. Read the Match Report of the MI vs LSG clash and share your thoughts in the comments.
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MI vs LSG: Eliminator Match Report
Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan smashed four fours in the first three overs. These were the conditions that were supposed to stop the biggest hitters in the IPL. But LSG didn’t. Mumbai cruised to 98 for 2 in ten overs. They hit 15 boundaries in this period which helped Mumbai to reach there. Cameron Green and Suryakumar Yadav constructed a partnership that helped Mumbai change the gear in the right situation.
Naveen-ul-Haq came on and did the simple thing right. After getting smashed for a first-ball six in the 11th over, he slipped in a leg cutter to Suryakumar and had him caught on the straight boundary, and two balls later, an off-cutter gripped in the pitch and bowled Green. Naveen celebrated each of his four wickets by putting his fingers in his ears. It can be a response to the hate he is receiving on social media.
Wadhera played a massive knock. He came in at a time when Mumbai had managed only 30 runs in the previous 4.2 overs. He came and smashed 23 off 12, including two fours and a six in the final over. Yash Thakur picked 3 overs while Naveen ended his spell with 4 wickets.
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MI vs LSG: Eliminator Match Report
Madhwal struck early by dismissing Mankad in the second over and then Jordan dismissed Mayers for 18. Mumbai got off to a great start while defending their total with two early wickets. Marcus Stoinis and the skipper Krunal Pandya rebuilt the partnership. Mostly, Stoinis faced the bowlers and counter-attacked with big hits. It looked like he will be the man to bury Mumbai’s hopes but Piyush Chawla provided Mumbai with a much-needed breakthrough in the ninth over. He scalped the wicket of Krunal who was going for a six but couldn’t time the ball. This was the moment, MI turned up in the match.
Madhwal was a huge surprise for Lucknow Super Giants
Madhwal came in and struck twice in the 10th over. He sent Badoni and Pooran home after a brilliant over. Stoinis then lost his wicket during a collision with Hooda. He returned to the dugout after scoring 40 runs. Mumbai regained control and after that, they never looked back. Wickets kept coming on for them and mostly, it was LSG who were throwing wickets. 3 run-outs in an inning of an Eliminator will surely cost a team. Too much misunderstanding between the players which cost them severely. Madhwal matched Anil Kumble’s best bowling record in the history of the completion with 5-5 in a 4-over spell.
Mumbai brought him for only 20 lakhs and it is looking like one of the best signing for them. Not only he picked up 5 wickets but gave MI hope in the bowling department which they were lacking in the first few matches. LSG couldn’t handle the intensity and fell out massively. They lost the match by a huge margin of 81 runs and were knocked out of the competition in a poor manner.