IPL 2023: Madhwal grabs five as Mumbai thrashes LSG, setting up a Titans-Mumbai match
In the Qualifier 2 game on Friday, Mumbai Indians will face Gujarat Titans in a simulated semifinal. Sunday’s championship game will pit the victor against Chennai Super Kings.
Akash Madhwal’s exceptional spell
Akash Madhwal, a little-known engineer from Uttarakhand, bowled a brilliant spell, helping Mumbai Indians, five-time champions, advance to the championship game with an 81-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday. Madhawal took five wickets to enhance his reputation as a player, who played tennis ball cricket until he was 23.
Given LSG’s explosive batting power, Mumbai Indians’ score of 182/8 in 20 overs appeared to be 15 runs short, but thanks to Madhwal’s incredible figures of 3.3-0-5-5 and some excellent ground fielding under the leadership of captain Rohit Sharma, their opponents were bowled out at 101 in 16.3 overs.
Qualifier 2 Match
In the Qualifier 2 game on Friday, Mumbai Indians will face Gujarat Titans in a simulated semifinal. The winner will face Chennai Super Kings in the championship game on Sunday.
Naveen ul Haq’s explosive bowling in the first half
While everyone was on edge about MI’s final score after an explosive Naveen ul Haq’s 4/37 in the first half of the game, Madhwal repaid his skipper’s confidence.
The flamboyant Afghan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq claimed four wickets to help Lucknow Super Giants restrict Mumbai Indians to 182/8.
Naveen tore apart the MI batting order, who dismissed the batting centerpiece Suryakumar Yadav (33 off 20 balls), captain Rohit Sharma (11 off ten balls), Tilak Verma (26 off 22 balls), and the man in form Cameron Green (41 off 23 balls).
Nicholas Pooran’s wicket was the decider in the MIs’ victory
The risky Nicholas Pooran ((0)) received a delivery from around the wicket that sealed the win in the game of the championship. He struck it from slightly outside the crease, shaping it inward before nipping away with a little extra bounce, forcing the southpaw to edge it to Ishan Kishan behind the stumps.
That effectively broke LSG’s back, and on either side of that wicket, Madhawal took four more wickets to further his reputation as a player who played tennis ball cricket until he was 23 years old.
Rohit Sharma shuts his criticizers with brilliant fielding
The captain, Rohit, who has received criticism for his physical condition, threw himself about the pitch, and the relay throws to remove Krishnappa Gowtham was a brilliant effort.
MI’s batting in the match
To pick up the pace, the skipper Rohit (11), who had started slowly, fell in the fourth over. He jumped out to hit Naveen but hit it straight to Ayush Badoni, who was in the way.
Next, Kishan was caught behind by wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran thanks to a strike from Thakur.
With a third-wicket partnership of 66 runs from 38 balls, Suryakumar and Green gave the innings some momentum and helped MI pass the 100-run mark.
In his 20-ball knock, Suryakumar hit two maximums and an equal number of fours, while Green, who scored a century in the final league game against SRH, smashed six boundaries and a six.
In the final over, bowled by Yash Thakur (3/34) to raise MI’s total, Wadhera hit two fours and a six.