have been struggling after Captain KL Rahul got ruled out of IPL 2023. MI, on the other hand, have won against their opponents by bulldozing them with batting. LSG needed to win this match at their home ground, Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. They have been losing at their own home ground due to spin tracks. MI due to lack of such quality spin attack played into the hands of Marcus Stoinis of LSG.
MI won the toss and decided to bowl. They have taken it upon themselves to chase down whatever opponents score. LSG had a bad start with Deepak Hooda(5), Prerak Mankad(0), Quinton de Kock(16) falling in powerplay. Marcus Stoinis and captain Krunal Pandya(49) have put on 82-run partnership. Krunal Pandya went off retired hurt and Nicholas Pooran(8) saw another wicket won’t fall. Marcus Stoinis went after Chris Jordan in the 18th over and scored 24 runs. LSG scored 177/3 and it is the highest on spin pitches this season.
In the chase, MI started off commendably. Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma have put on 90-run partnership in 9.4 overs. Rohit Sharma scored 37 runs off 25 balls. LSG spinners and young pace bowlers made it hard for new batters. Ishan Kishan tried to take it on himself but fell to Ravi Bishnoi after scoring 59 runs off 39 balls. Nehal Wadhera(16), Suryakumar Yadav(7), Vishnu Vinod(2), Cameron Green(4) failed for MI. LSG found Mohsin Khan coming good in the last over when Tim David(32) looked in form.
Tim David took on Naveen-ul-Haq but Mohsin Khan bowled yorkers. Yash Thakur took Suryakumar Yadav wicket at the crucial moment. Ravi Bishnoi got set Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan wickets. MI scored only 172/5. LSG won by 5 runs and got 2 points. They have moved to 3rd place in table with 15 points. Now, they and CSK have to win their last league matches for the 2nd place. MI needs to win their last match for qualifying. LSG thanked Lucknow crowd after the match for coming in huge numbers.
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