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132/8 (20)
LSG won by 36 runs.
Player of the match: KL Rahul
 
That's that for this weekend. After a thriller between Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders, the two games that followed weren't as nerve-wracking but there's a spicy contest in store on Monday between the Punjab Kings and the Chennai Super Kings at this very venue that is the Wankhede Stadium. Both teams need a win while a loss throws a further dent into their playoff chances. Do join us for our coverage of the same right here on Sportskeeda while also keeping yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing news and action from across the globe. Thank you so much for tuning in today - on behalf of my good friend and co-commentator Bala, this is Sooryanarayanan once again reminding you to mask up and get vaccinated in case you haven't already. Goodnight, take care and here's to a great week ahead!
On a two-paced track that none of his colleagues were able to come to terms with, the skipper of the Lucknow Super Giants led from the front and accelerated in brilliant fashion to power his team to a competitive total. It proved more than enough eventually as the Mumbai Indians came crashing down yet again. They remain confined to the bottom trenches of the points table without a point against their name while the Super Giants move into fourth position, pipping the Royal Challengers Bangalore on net run-rate. LSG now go to Pune to take on the Punjab Kings on Friday (April 29) while MI's quest for a maiden win next reaches Navi Mumbai on Saturday (April 30), where the Rajasthan Royals await them.
KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants Captain and of course, the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 103 off 62 deliveries): (On all the awards he's bagged today) I'll have to make up for all the over-rates and fines I'm getting after the game. I think I'm going to get a cut for the over-rate this game. (Is there a feeling of 'I can do it today' when he bats?) Yes and no - I try and stay in the moment and not get too ahead of myself. I try to play the situation, see what's expected of me from my team. I try and assess the conditions and pace my innings according to that. I'm enjoying batting, enjoying the responsibility and playing cricket in the middle and doing the job for the team. I hope I keep doing the same thing and get my basics right. (On not having got a run at this venue this season prior to this game) The first thought was to get bat on ball, feel good, get a single, get off the mark and get as mentally strong as possible. It always stays on your mind when you play at a venue - it's been good to be in the past but not as much this year. I was lucky I could score as much as I did and continue until the end. (On his higher strike-rates this year) How I try to simplify my game is always see what is expected out of me by my team. I assess conditions and play as best as I can. We bat deep with Jason Holder at 8 and he's hardly batted so far. When you have power in the middle and more depth in your team you can play with more freedom. That's what expected out of me this season from this team and I'm trying to do that to the best of my ability. (Is this a bowler's tournament?) I think it's always been that way - teams that can defend well or bowl well in the Powerplay or finish off well in the death overs are the ones sitting at the top or have won the tournament. We were very clear going into the auction - I am very big on having all-rounders in the team. They add a lot of balance. We're lucky to have some of the finest in our team and all those options make it easier for me with the bat as well.
Krunal Pandya (Lucknow Super Giants): Feels really good. A hard-fought effort in the bowling department and I guess it was a collective effort. The planning and the execution were there so it was good. Terrific (from KL Rahul) - leading from the front with a hundred. He got us to a respectable total that we could defend so full credit goes to him. (How did he find the surface while batting?) Two balls were less to understand the wicket (laughs). When we batted, KL mentioned that it was slightly stopping and coming on. We tried to use the wicket to the best of our abilities with the slower balls. I always believe that when the fast bowlers come in and bowl quick at that hard length it's not easy to score at all. Really happy for Chameera. For us what's important is getting better as individuals and as a team. Everyone is getting better and that is a good sign. Mohsin is another bright prospect - he has pace and the variations. He'll feel that he belongs here as well. (On getting Pollard's wicket) I was so thanking God that I got his wicket else he would have eaten my brains right through. He got me out and thankfully I got him else he would have spoken non-stop (laughs). I've realized that honesty is very important in the team environment, being neutral is important as well. For me what's important is the process, if you follow that the results will come. The support staff has been brilliant - we want to get better, learn from our mistakes and move forward.
Rohit Sharma (Captain, Mumbai Indians): We bowled pretty okay. It wasn't really easy, but we didn't bat well enoguh. That score should have been chased down. When we have a target like that it is important to string together partnerships. We did not quite do that. There were some irresponsible shots in the middle including mine. We could not get the momentum going our way. They bowled well in the middle and kept the pressure. You can say so (about lack of belief). We haven't batted well enough in this tournament. The whole thing goes in the batting unit. Whoever plays in the middle has to take responsibility. None of the batters have gone on to play the long innings. Looking at how the tournament has gone, everyone has come on to our discussion. There are plenty of players on the bench. We need to give enough chances to the players in the XI. We are a new team, they have all been given new roles, different from the ones they were handled in other teams and playing for their countries. Keeping that in mind, we have to make sure they get enough chances to prove themselves. We have tried not to make too many changes. When you lose games, there is always discussion about who can come in and go out. As far as I am concerned, whoever plays needs to get enough opportunities to prove themselves.
Lucknow Super Giants 168/6 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 103* off 62, Kieron Pollard 2/8 off 2 overs) beat Mumbai Indians 132/8 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 39 off 31, Krunal Pandya 3/19 off 4 overs) by 36 runs.

8 games, 8 losses.
Mumbai Indians' endless pit continues to get deeper and yet again, on a night when it seemed as though things were coming together, it just went horribly wrong with the bat during the chase. With this defeat, it's safe to say that their season has come to a close with any kind of mathematical chance also thrown out of the window.

Chasing 169, the dew didn't really set in to make life easier for the MI batters on a two-paced track. Skipper Rohit Sharma was batting as well as he ever has all season even as Ishan Kishan's struggles extended into another game. It was a nightmare out there for the southpaw who perished in a freakish manner as he chopped it to Jason Holder at first slip with the ball taking a ricochet off Quinton de Kock's boot.

And then came a collapse - despite a 49-run opening stand with Rohit doing bulk of the scoring, wickets suddenly fell like ninepins. A couple of poor shots left a lot to be desired and it was down to Tilak Varma to do the needful again. The prodigious batter took down Ravi Bishnoi with a couple of lusty hits to keep MI in the hunt, even as the asking rate reached alarming proportions.

That said, the Super Giants had their plans cut out. KL Rahul's every trick worked like a charm and it also included an inspired bowling change that saw Ayush Badoni being introduced into the attack. That too, produced a wicket for LSG and thereafter, the seam bowlers took over and used their variations to great effect while hitting those hard lengths.

It was another struggle for Kieron Pollard as he failed to get going. As long as he was there, there was hope for MI. But that bubble was burst too courtesy a masterclass in death-overs bowling by Mohsin Khan, Holder and Dushmantha Chameera, the latter who produced a spell of epic proportions, before Krunal Pandya prized out wickets for fun in the final over.

In the end, it was a victory that ended up looking far more comfortable than what one might have anticipated for LSG, particularly with the prospect of dew at the halfway mark. It did set in, but not to an alarming extent that made life difficult for their bowlers and fielders.
A huge roar from Krunal Pandya! He loves it alright - three wickets off the final over including a run out and the end couldn't have been more poetic going by how dismal the Mumbai Indians were with their chase. Lucknow Super Giants beat Mumbai Indians by 36 runs!
20
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132 /8 score
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cricket bat icon Daniel Sams
3 (7)
cricket bat icon Jasprit Bumrah *
0 (2)
cricket ball icon Krunal Pandya
3 /19
19.6 Krunal Pandya to Jasprit Bumrah, short of a length outside off. Guides it late to short thirdman. That's it. Eighth straight defeat for the Mumbai Indians
Final delivery coming up.
19.5 Krunal Pandya to Jasprit Bumrah, tosses it up on a good length. Bumrah offers the forward defense
Jasprit Bumrah, RHB, comes to the crease. He will take strike.

Pandya is having a ball in this final over! He's adding to his wicket-tally and he truly deserves it for the wonderful season he has had with the ball in terms of impact.
19.4 Krunal Pandya to Daniel Sams, OUT! Pandya is making a merry here! Length delivery outside off. Sams goes aerial over covers and holes out to the fielder in the deep.
Daniel Sams c Ravi Bishnoi b Krunal Pandya 3 (7b 0x4 0x6)
Hrithik Shokeen, RHB, comes to the crease. He will be at the non-striker's end.
19.3 Krunal Pandya to Daniel Sams, OUT! Another one bites the dust. Sams gets an inside edge to short fineleg. Unadkat charges down the wicket but Sams isn't moving. Pandya finds him miles out of his crease at the non-striker's end
Jaydev Unadkat run out (Jason Holder/Krunal Pandya) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
19.2 Krunal Pandya to Jaydev Unadkat, darts it in full on the stumps. Goes off the inside half of the bat to deep mid-wicket
Jaydev Unadkat, RHB, comes to the crease. He will take strike.

Krunal leaps onto Pollard! A bit of banter on his part - they're real good buddies mind you but it's been a sorry innings from Pollard again.
19.1 Krunal Pandya to Kieron Pollard, OUT! Gone! Not only Pollard, but also the hopes of Mumbai Indians. The bottom hand comes off the bat and skies it to long-on. Good catch by the fielder running in from the boundary.
Kieron Pollard c Deepak Hooda b Krunal Pandya 19 (20b 0x4 1x6)
19.1 Krunal Pandya to Kieron Pollard, darts it in wide of the off-stump, past the tramline
Krunal Pandya [3-0-17-1] to bowl the final over of the game. He will bowl around the wicket.