KL Rahul’s unbeaten 103 off 62 balls powered Lucknow Super Giants to their fifth win in IPL 2022 by 36 runs as Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the playoff race at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. This is the 8th straight loss for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of IPL. The five-time champions have not won a single match this season. Now they have six matches remaining only to fulfil the formalities. 

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KL Rahul hits 103 not out

Put in to bat first, LSG skipper Rahul hit his second hundred in
IPL 2022 as he guided his team to 168 for 6 against Mumbai Indians.
This was Rahul’s second hundred against MI. The right-handed batter laced his
103 not out off 62 balls with 12 fours and four sixes.

The second-highest scorer was Manish Pandey
with 22 as other batters failed to make significant contributions.

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For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah was the
best bowler with 1 for 31 in 4 overs while Kieron Pollard had the best figures with
2 for 8 in two overs.

While Bumrah gave Mumbai an early breakthrough in the form of Quinton de Kock, Pollard got the scalps of Manish and Krunal Pandya. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni scored 10 and 14 before Riley Meredith sent them packing. 

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Tight bowling by SRH, Krunal Pandya takes 3 wickets

In reply, Mumbai Indians got off to a steady start, thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s 39 off 31 balls. In the first ball of the 8th over, Ravi Bishnoi bamboozled Ishan Kishan to stir a mini-collapse. Rohit, Dewald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav fell in quick succession. 

From 49 for 1 in the 8th over, MI were reduced to 67 for 4 in 11.2 overs. Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan and Badoni took the wickets. 

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Tilak Varma put up a valiant effort to rebuild the innings and shared a 57-run sixth-wicket partnership with Pollard. 

Jason Holder gave the LSG a much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Varma for 38 in the 18th over.

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Needing 39 runs off six balls, Krunal Pandya dismissed Pollard in the very first ball to take his second wicket of the match. In the next ball, Jaydev Unadkat was run out by a joint effort of Holder and Pandya. In the fourth ball, Pandya took his third wicket dismissing Daniel Sams. MI were eventually restricted to 132 for 8 in 20 overs and lost the match by 36 runs.