Five-time champions Mumbai Indians beat Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs on Wednesday to knock them out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and keep alive their own hopes of reaching the finals. Seamer Akash Madhwal took five wickets while conceding just five runs in his 3.3 overs to bowl out Lucknow for 101 in 16.3 overs after Mumbai posted 182-8.
Mumbai will face champions Gujarat Titans on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final against Chennai Super Kings. Opting to bat first, Mumbai got off to a flying start but lost both their openers, skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, in the overs.
Cameron Green (41) and Suryakumar Yadav (33) revived Mumbai but Naveen-ul-Haq (4-38) removed both in the same over to peg them back. Mumbai scored 51 runs in the last five overs but were still well short of the 200 mark that at one stage looked possible.
Madhwal had Lucknow on the back foot early on and three runs effectively derailed their chase as Mumbai took the lead. Marcus Stoinis smashed 40 off 27 balls but collided with batting partner Deepak Hooda while running between the wickets and his run-out caused a collapse that Lucknow could not stop.
“Madhwal was amazing. The moment he came in, we knew he was special,” Green said of his Mumbai team-mate.