Mumbai: Mumbai Indians kept their pursuit of a sixth IPL title alive by registering a commanding 81-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday.
The dominant performance saw the five-time champions post a formidable total of 182/8 before skillfully dismissing LSG for a mere 101 runs. Akash Madhwal played a pivotal role with his remarkable five-wicket haul, propelling Mumbai Indians to the Qualifier 2 clash against Gujarat Titans, scheduled in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Alongside their on-field success, MI continued to captivate their fans with their engaging off-field moments.
In an entertaining Twitter video shared by MI, Suryakumar Yadav pulled off a hilarious prank on his teammate Tilak Varma during a flight. Surya cleverly obtained a lemon from the air hostess and mischievously squeezed it into Varma’s mouth, who was peacefully asleep at the time. The sudden prank startled Varma, causing him to awaken in disbelief and question the unexpected intrusion with the words, “Kya hai is mein” (What is this).
Chain se sona hai toh jaag jao 🍋🤣🥲#OneFamily #MumbaiMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2023 #TATAIPL @surya_14kumar @TilakV9 MI TV pic.twitter.com/1SjiJtSSx7
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 25, 2023
Furthermore, the relatively unknown talent from Uttarakhand, Akash Madhwal, showcased an extraordinary bowling performance, taking a dream five-wicket haul. His exceptional figures of 5 wickets for 5 runs in 3.3 overs played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians’ dominance. Despite Lucknow Super Giants possessing a formidable batting lineup, Mumbai’s total of 182 appeared slightly insufficient.
However, the team’s collective efforts, including some outstanding ground fielding led by skipper Rohit Sharma, resulted in the crumbling of Gautam Gambhir’s mentored side, who were bowled out for a paltry 101 in just 16.3 overs.
Consequently, the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will now face Gujarat Titans in the second Qualifier in Ahmedabad on Friday. This match will determine the opposition for Chennai Super Kings in the highly anticipated IPL final, scheduled to take place on Sunday.