Pooran and KL defeat MI to lead LSG 214-6

Mumbai Indians, notably their left-hander Nicolas Pooran (75, 29b, 5×4, 8×6), found it difficult to stop Lucknow Super Giants’ momentum, especially as their finest bowler Jasprit Bumrah was rested for this meaningless match.

Even though the MI bowlers did a good job holding LSG to 69-3 in the first ten overs, Pooran’s sixes in the second half painted a very different picture. With Pooran not sparing the full tosses and short balls that were generously supplied by the inexperienced MI medium pacers, LSG concluded at 214-6.

When we went to press, MI was 33-0 in 3.5 overs when the rain interrupted play.

10 overs have yielded 145 runs.
In the second set of ten overs, LSG had earlier hammered 145 runs, with 101 runs in six overs (between 11 and 16). With the exception of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (3-29) and speedster Nuwan Thushara (3-28), who combined to score 57 runs in eight overs, the MI bowlers let up 157 runs in twelve overs.

LSG captain KL Rahul was left with the responsibility of keeping the innings together as wickets dropped all around him, as has been the case often this season. Rahul was sad as his colleague from Karnataka

In the third ball of the game, Devdutt Padikkal let up a first-ball duck to Thushara, escalating his nightmare IPL season.

Rahul and Marcus Stoinis (28), the Australian being the dominant partner, put up a partnership of 48 after he hit three straight fours off the first over of medium-pacer Anshul Kamboj. While Rahul was waiting patiently, he hit two straight sixes in Chawla’s first over, the sixth of the innings, which also resulted in Stoinis being out leg-before when he failed to complete a sweep.

With haste, Deepak Hooda arrived and left, taking a sloppy shot at Chawla. Rahul and Pooran were left to steady the LSG innings. This season, the two have been LSG’s hitting stalwarts. Pooran pounded away, and Rahul was content to play second fiddle.

Pooran’s 19-ball 50
Rahul scored his half-century in 37 balls, while Pooran achieved his fifty in only 19 deliveries with a six off a full toss from Arjun Tendulkar. Pooran can be really destructive when he gets going, and this was evident on Friday night.

LSG put up a century stand for the fourth wicket with to Pooran’s acceleration and Rahul’s persistence in getting rid of the loose deliveries. However, the partnership ended at 109 in only 44 balls when Pooran was caught at long-on off Thushara.

With Pooran and Arshad Khan falling to Thushara in the last two deliveries of the 17th over and KL Rahul (55) to Chawla in the first delivery of the 18th over, MI pulled off a remarkable comeback and claimed a team hat-trick.

Ayush Badoni and Krunal Pandya contributed to the late-overs surge, as their 36-run partnership for the seventh wicket in 17 balls propelled LSG to a respectable total.

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