Mumbai Indians 182 for 8 (Green 41, Naveen 4-38, Thakur 3-34) beat Lucknow Super Giants 101 (Stoinis 40, Madhwal 5-5) by 81 runs
Look out, Ahmedabad. Mumbai Indians are coming. The five-time champions put on a clinic to rout Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday night and march into Qualifier 2. They are now two wins away from lifting a trophy they might soon trademark.
Super Giants fell from 74 for 3 to 101 all out in a chase of 183.
Mumbai’s boundary bash
The impact of the Impact Sub
Mumbai had gone in a batter light in their bat-first XI. The logic was that if they needed the guy, they would sub him in for someone who was already dismissed.
If they hadn’t needed him, they might have brought in an extra spinner to help defend whatever total they got. Mumbai kept both options open. It’s a fun way to use the Impact Sub. It’s not formulaic.
Wadhera played a massive role. He came in at a time when Mumbai had managed only 30 runs in the previous 4.2 overs. And he smashed 23 off 12, including two fours and a six in the final over.
Madhwal stands tall
Madhwal went to Mumbai for INR 20 lakh. Money extremely well spent.
He wasn’t part of Plan A. An entire month had gone by before he played his first game, and there he went for 37 runs in three overs. Two of them were at the death.
Madhwal has bowled 129 balls this season. Fifty-one of them have been in overs 17 to 20. A rookie has been bowling 40% of his deliveries in the hardest phase of a T20 game while maintaining an economy rate of 7.5. Only one fast bowler has done better (min 18 deliveries) and he belonged to the opposition – Mohsin Khan.
Madhwal’s biggest impact in this game, though, came in the middle overs when he picked up two wickets in two balls, including an absolute peach from around the wicket, angling into the left-handed Nicholas Pooran and nipping away off the pitch to have him caught behind.
Seventeen dots in 21 balls and five wickets for five runs. Nobody had done this much damage in the entire history of IPL playoff matches. Most teams wouldn’t be able to recover from losing bowlers of the class of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer.
Mumbai aren’t most teams.
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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