Mumbai in Qualifier 2 after Madhwal knocks LSG out with incredible 5 for 5

Mumbai in Qualifier 2 after Madhwal knocks LSG out with incredible 5 for 5

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.

Akash Madhwal was the star of the show, picking up the joint-best figures by an Indian in IPL history – 5 for 5 in 3.3 overs. He might have taken more but Super Giants kept running themselves out in ridiculous ways. One was the result of a collision, it ended their best batter’s stay at the crease, Marcus Stoinis gone for 40 off 27. Another had both players at the same end.

Super Giants fell from 74 for 3 to 101 all out in a chase of 183.

Mumbai’s boundary bash

Mumbai do the little things right. They saw the opposition opening the bowling with spin and exploited the fact that only two men are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan hit four fours in the first three overs – all just placed into gaps behind point and past fine leg because they knew that would be enough. These were the conditions that were supposed to stop the biggest hitters in the IPL. But they didn’t. Mumbai cruised to 98 for 2, the third-highest 10-over score in Chennai this year. They hit 15 boundaries in this period.

Naveen intervenes

Cameron Green and Suryakumar Yadav were not just clearing the boundary, they were spraying the second tier. This season, a few teams have experimented with three openers in their line-up. They come into play when there’s an early wicket. They stay in the hut when there isn’t. Mumbai are one of these teams and it helped them keep a very healthy tempo. They were on course to clear 200.

That’s when Naveen-ul-Haq came on and did the simple thing right. At Chepauk, everybody needs to take pace off. Including the fast bowlers. After getting bashed for a first-ball six in the 11th over, he slipped in a legcutter to Suryakumar and had him caught on the straight boundary, and two balls later, an offcutter gripped in the pitch and bowled Green through the gate.

Naveen, the Afghanistan quick, celebrated each of his four wickets by putting his fingers in ears, perhaps a response to the hate he’s received on social media for his part in the blow-up with Virat Kohli earlier in the tournament.

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.

Which is exactly what happened. Nehal Wadhera walked in as Suryakumar’s substitute to face the last 21 balls of the innings.

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.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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