After defeating the Mumbai Indians (MI) by 18 runs on Saturday, the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) returned to winning form in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
KL Rahul delivered an undefeated century in his 100th IPL match to help LSG set a commanding total of 199/4, which they eventually won by 18 runs. Manish Pandey replaced K Gowtham in the LSG eleven, who were given the opportunity to bat first.
MI lost an early wicket, with skipper Rohit Sharma caught behind in the third over against Avesh Khan, as they chased down a difficult total of 200. Brevis hit his first ball for four runs and rode the wave with his attacking swings.
After being summoned to bat, Rahul (103 not out off 63 balls) celebrated by drowning out all the ruckus around him by guiding LSG to a commanding total of 199/4. He then shown good leadership by overseeing a late Mumbai counter-offensive.
Kieron Pollard and Jaydev Unadkat scored 21 off the next eight balls to give Mumbai some hope with 47 needed from 14 balls. However, Unadkat (14 off 6 balls) was run out on the first ball of the last over, and Murugan Ashwin (6) followed suit two balls later. After that, Chameera (1/48) got rid of Pollard (25 off 14 balls), limiting Mumbai to 181/4.
The five-time champions were then assisted rebuilt by Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav, who put up a good 64-run fourth-wicket stand. LSG landed a quick double-blow on the obstinate pair, quickly cleaning them up.
When Jason Holder castled Varma (26) in the 15th over, he got the breakthrough. As Mumbai were reduced to 127/5 in the 16th over, Ravi Bishnoi got rid of Suruyakumar (37 off 27 balls), who tried to pull but was caught by the fielder at deep square leg.
Avesh (3/30) returned to take his third wicket in the 18th over, leaving Mumbai with too much to do in the final two overs. Fabian Allen (8) did not contribute much with the bat on his debut.
Rohit won the toss and choose to bowl earlier in the game. MI made one change, with Fabian Allen replacing Basil Thampi in blue. In place of Krishnappa Gowtham, LSG reintroduced Manish Pandey.
Quinton de Kock, a former MI opener, smashed a flurry of boundaries to get LSG off to a flying start, scoring 18 off 9 balls. Allen, on the other hand, made an immediate effect when he came into the attack, trapping de Kock (24 off 13 balls) LBW to help LSG achieve a 57/1 powerplay total.
As Rahul brought up his half-century off 33 balls in the 12th over, Manish Pandey walked out at no.3 and provided solid support to his captain.
In the 13th over, Rahul and Pandey each hit two fours, allowing 18 runs to be scored. After Pandey was bowled in the 14th over, Murugan Ashwin provided the breakthrough for Mumbai Indians.
Marcus Stoinis hit a massive six with his first delivery of the innings. In the 15th over, Rahul smashed two sixes and a four, bringing LSG’s total to 150.
Unadkat picked up his first wicket of the innings in the 17th over, dismissing Stoinis. LSG skipper became the season’s second centurion with 22 runs off the penultimate over.