IPL 2022: KL Rahul’s ton guided Lucknow Super Giants to a comprehensive win

Lucknow Super Giants defeated Mumbai Indians by 36-runs and knocked the five-time champions out of this edition of IPL. Mumbai Indians batters fizzled out yet again to slump to their eighth straight loss of the season. The only team still without a win was chasing 169-runs on their home ground, Wankhede Stadium. On a ground with short boundaries, dew in the night, and strong crowd support, 169 was gettable. But LSG bowlers delivered a clinical performance to restrict MI for 132/8.

After being invited to bat first, LSG had a slow and steady start. Jasprit Bumrah struck in the fourth over to dismiss Quinton de Kock for 10. LSG skipper KL Rahul looked in fine form and scored runs quickly by smashing boundaries. Rahul and Manish Pandey (22) added 58-runs before Kieron Pollard scalped Pandey.

MI bowlers bowled well to take wickets at regular intervals. But there was no stopping Rahul as he produced a master class to hit his second century of the season. Rahul slammed an unbeaten 103-run and helped his side to post 168/6 in 20overs.

In reply, MI skipper Rohit Sharma looked good during his 31-ball 39 but MI suffered a top-order collapse yet again and slipped from 49/0 to 67/4. All their hopes rested on Tilak Varma and Pollard. Varma showed signs of a fightback with his 38 off 27. Pollard never found his momentum and went back for 19. Out of the seven bowlers that LSG deployed, six took wickets. Krunal Pandya ended up with top figures of 3/19.