Mumbai Indians 182 for 8 (Green 41, Naveen 4-38, Thakur 3-34) beat Lucknow Super Giants 101 (Stoinis 40, Madhwal 5-5) by 81 runs
Chennai: A fiery five-wicket by Akash Madhwal helped Mumbai Indians (MI) seal an 81-run win over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator match at Chennai on Wednesday, setting up a clash with defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2.
LSG has been knocked out of the tournament.
In the chase of 183, LSG was off to a poor start. Akash Madhwal continued his brilliant form, dismissing Prerak Mankad for three off six balls, with Hritik Shokeen taking the catch.
The North Indian side was dealt another heavy blow in the powerplay as the dangerous Kyle Mayers was dismissed for 18 off 13 balls. Chris Jordan took his first wicket and Green took a great catch.
Following this, Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya started to build a partnership. The duo took LSG through the remainder of the powerplay without any wicket.
The 46-run stand between the duo was broken by spinner Piyush Chawla. Krunal was dismissed for eight off 11 balls after being caught by Tim David at long-on.
In the next over, Akash continued to run riot over LSG's batting, dismissing Ayush Badoni (1) and an in-form Nicholas Pooran (0) on two successive balls. LSG sunk to 74/5 in 9.5 overs.
A heavy blow was dealt to LSG's hopes as David and Ishan Kishan ran out Stoinis for 40 off 27 balls. His knock had five fours and a six. A Rohit Sharma direct hit ran out Krishnappa Gowtham for 2.
Ravi Bishnoi was dismissed for 3. LSG was 100/8 in 14.3 overs. Madhwal got his fourth wicket, with a catch from Jordan.
Hooda was run out for 15 off 13 balls.
Madhwal concluded LSG's innings, dismissing Mohsin for a duck, completing his five-wicket haul.
LSG was bundled out for 101 in 16.3 overs. MI won by 81 runs to seal the qualifier 2 match against Gujarat Titans.
Madhwal was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5/5 in 3.3 overs. Chris Jordan and Piyush got a wicket each.
Earlier, solid knocks from Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav and a fine cameo from Nehal Wadhera in the death overs helped Mumbai Indians (MI) reach 182/8.
Electing to bat first, skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan gave yet another brisk start to MI. The duo smashed LSG skipper Krunal Pandya for 16 runs in the third over, including two fours and a six.
LSG put an end to MI's intent-filled start as Naveen-ul-Haq stepped in to dismiss Rohit for 11 off 10 balls, with Ayush Badoni taking the catch at covers.
Cameron Green was next up on the crease. The centurion from the last match started by smashing Naveen for two successive boundaries.
However, Ishan could not sustain himself at the crease for longer as he edged the ball straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran for 15 off 12 balls. Yash Thakur got his first wicket.
In the final over of the powerplay, Krunal's struggles continued as he gave away 16 runs, including three boundaries by Green.
Suryakumar and Green started to hit aggressively and built a partnership. The duo also brought up their fifty-run stand in just 28 balls.
Naveen turned the momentum in MI's favour, taking big wickets of Suryakumar (33 off 20 balls, with two fours and two sixes) and Green (41 in 23 balls with six fours and two sixes). MI sunk to 105/4 in 11 overs.
Tim David and Tilak Varma started to build a partnership but the run flow slowed down a bit.
The 43-run stand between David and Tilak was broken by Yash Thakur, who got his second wicket and dismissed David for 13 off 13 balls. Deepak Hooda took a catch at long-on.
Nehal Wadhera came next as Impact Player. With the help of a six from him, MI crossed the 150-run mark in 17.1 overs. Naveen delivered three straight wides in the over. But he got the last laugh as Tilak was dismissed for 26 off 22 balls, with Deepak taking another catch. Naveen got his fourth wicket.
MI's downward spiral in the second half continued, with pacer Mohsin Khan getting his first wicket. Chris Jordan skied the ball into the air and found the hands of Deepak yet again. Jordan walked back for just four.
In the final over, Nehal smashed Yash for two fours and a six but was dismissed for 23 off 12 balls in the final ball of the innings.
MI finished at 182/8 in their 20 overs.
Naveen was the pick of the bowlers for LSG, taking 4/38 in his four overs. Yash took 3/34 in his four overs. Mohsin got one wicket.