IPL 2023 moved one step closer to a fairytale MI-CSK final on Wednesday (May 24) with Akash Madhwal’s spectacular five-fer in the Eliminator helping Mumbai Indians defeat Lucknow Super Giants at Chepauk. Chasing a challenging 183, LSG crumbled dramatically to be bowled out for 101 after losing their last eight wickets for 32 runs. In the process, Madhwal made history by recording the best numbers in IPL playoffs history and the fifth-best overall.
A similar tendency was seen in the powerplay
Both teams got off to relatively comparable powerplay starts. In the opening over of the chase, Kyle Mayers and Ishan Kishan each scored three boundaries for the Mumbai Indians. However, LSG was rendered helpless by the dismissals of Kyle Mayers and Prerak Mankad, while MI suffered the quick succession losses of Rohit Sharma and Ishan. However, Cameron Green immediately launched a brilliant counterattack to rapidly put the onus back on the bowling side and sped to 23 off only 9 balls to aid MI in scoring 62 during the powerplay. In a similar manner, Marcus Stoinis helped LSG defeat 54 in the powerplay by stepping up after the team’s early losses and taking on Hrithik Shokeen in particular.
How did MI perform following the PP?
They pressed the gas and placed tremendous pressure on LSG. Mohsin Khan was hammered for a six by Suryakumar Yadav and Green, who then continued to score runs to push MI to 98 at the halfway point. The alliance put MI firmly in charge of the match as they were poised to approach 200, a total that always seems intimidating in this region of the world. But when Naveen-ul-Haq struck out both of the set batters in the span of three pitches, the game was once again turned upside down. utilizing the surface to his use. In order to stop the rampage, Naveen bowled two deceptive slower deliveries to trick both Suryakumar and Green.
Despite Naveen’s heroics in the previous over, Tilak Varma did immediately clear the midwicket fielder, but Tim David found it difficult to get going. In order to help MI position themselves for a strong finish at 131/4, he was content to rotate the strike. But the outstanding Yash Thakur dismissed David, and Naveen came back to end Tilak’s innings and claim his fourth wicket. Nehal Wadhera, an impact sub, was now under pressure after making a crucial contribution just before dying. He scored significant boundaries in the dying overs to help MI get over 180.
Huge fall of LSG after the PP
After the powerplay, Suryakumar and Green started to run well, but in LSG’s inning, the exact opposite happened. They lost the momentum they had gained in the last two powerplay overs when they crashed in an amazing way. Krunal’s shaky innings came to an end when he failed to clear the fielder at long-on, and MI easily won the match thanks to the brilliant Akash Madhwal, who hit twice off consecutive balls and took the crucial wicket of Nicholas Pooran.
Was a recovery made?
Without a doubt. In actuality, things only got worse. The only batter who appeared to be challenging, Stoinis, was run out after colliding with Deepak Hooda in the middle of the pitch, which prevented him from making it back. K Gowtham’s suicide sun out shortly after, when LSG were down to 92/7, summed up the innings. After that, they could not possibly have turned around. Madhwal, who already had great stats, increased his total by choosing up Ravi Bishnoi. He had figures of 4/4 after three overs at that point. By getting rid of Mohsin in the final over, he made it 5/5 and won the match.