Mumbai: Captain KL Rahul made the batting a walk in the park with a scintillating 56-ball century in his 100th IPL match as Lucknow Supergiants bowled out Mumbai Indians for 199 for four here on Saturday. Rahul (103 not out off 60 balls) hit nine fours and five sixes to maintain his illustrious record against Mumbai Indians.
On his way to his century, he added another quick 43 runs with Quinton de Kock (24 off 13 balls), 72 with Manish Pandey (38 off 29 balls) and Deepak Hooda (15 off 8 balls). Fourth wicket. MI’s fielding was probably their worst in the last four to five seasons and it didn’t help that Rahul was in poor form to make full use of it.
In the absence of credible alternatives in the dug-out, it was only natural that the tournament’s most successful captain, Rohit Sharma, articulated his move to play an extra spinner in left-arm orthodox Fabian Allen (1/4 in 4 overs). Looked out of ideas. Didn’t work enough.
Jasprit Bumrah (0/24 in four overs) is carrying the burden but one man cannot save the team from the disaster that has happened this season. Otherwise why would the Mumbai captain start with part-time off-spinner Tilak Verma, knowing that the Lucknow skipper is a master of slow bowlers.
Six different bowlers were used in the six powerplay overs and de Kock should blame himself for wasting his opportunity to score a big score on a track like the shirtfront. Rahul had plenty of short deliveries to play cut and pull and slog sweep to his will, and not to forget some amusing drives when the pitch was over.
Twenty four and seven sixes were proof of MI’s plight and Tymal Mills (0/54 in 3 overs), Jaydev Unadkat (2/32 in 4 overs) and Murugan Ashwin (1/3 in 4 overs) tried their best but were successful. Couldn’t happen. Sample it: Ashwin bowls a good googly and Stoinis hits him for the biggest six. Allen bowls a wicket-to-wicket delivery and Rahul hits a six behind the boundary.
Between overs 13 and 16, Rahul and Co added 60 runs and it didn’t help them because the five-time champion was having one of the worst days in the outfield, even after not being able to cut boundaries. ball. The absence of Trent Boult, Kruel Pandya or Rahul Chahar is hurting MI badly and getting 16 mid-of-the-road players for just 18 crores has not proved to be a wise business decision so far.
Lucknow Super Giants 199 for 4 in 20 overs (KL Rahul, 103 not out, Manish Pandey 38; Jaydev Unadkat 2/32) vs.