IPL-2023: Mumbai Indians seal second qualifier spot: 81-run win over Lucknow Supergiant in Chennai
IPL 2023 edged one step closer to a dream MI-CSK final as Akash Madhwal’s stunning five-fer in the Eliminator helped Mumbai Indians brush aside Lucknow Super Giants at Chepauk on Wednesday (May 24).
Chasing a stiff 183, LSG collapsed in dramatic fashion to get bowled out for just 101 as they lost their last eight wickets for just 32 runs. In the process, Madhwal broke into the record books by registering the best figures in IPL playoffs history and the fifth-best overall.
Both teams made very similar starts in the powerplay. Ishan Kishan got going with three boundaries for Mumbai Indians and Kyle Mayers fetched a couple of boundaries in the first over of the chase. But MI lost Rohit Sharma and Ishan in quick succession whereas LSG were crippled by the wickets of Kyle Mayers and Prerak Mankad.
But Cameron Green launched a stunning counterattack to shift the pressure back onto the bowling side very quickly and raced to 23 off just 9 balls to help MI post 62 in the powerplay. Similarly for LSG, Marcus Stoinis stepped up after the early losses and took on Hrithik Shokeen in particular to help his side knock off 54 in the powerplay.
Absolutely not. In fact, things only became worse. Stoinis, the only batter who looked like putting up a challenge, was run out as he collided with Deepak Hooda in the middle of the pitch that hampered his momentum while he was on his way to making it back. K Gowtham’s suicidal sun out soon after summed up the innings as LSG were down to 92/7.
From thereon, they definitely didn’t have a way back. Madhwal, who already had stunning figures, added to his tally by picking Ravi Bishnoi’s wicket. At that stage, he had figures of 4/4 after three oves. He made it 5/5 in the final over by castling Mohsin that sealed the deal.
Scores: Mumbai Indians 182/8 in 20 overs (Cameron Green 41, Suryakumar Yadav 33; Naveen-ul-Haq 4/38, Yash Thakur 3/34) beat Lucknow Super Giants 101 all out in 16.3 overs (Marcus Stoinis 40; Akash Madhwal 5/5) by 81 runs.