Rohit remains defiant despite Mumbai’s latest defeat to Rahul-inspired Lucknow in IPL

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul led his team to an impressive 18-run victory with a brilliant century



KL Rahul of Lucknow Super Giants celebrates his century. (BCCI)
KL Rahul of Lucknow Super Giants celebrates his century. (BCCI)

By AP

Published: Sat 16 Apr 2022, 8:03 PM

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma remained defiant after the team’s losing streak in the Indian Premier League extended to six games on Saturday.

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul led his team to an impressive 18-run victory over Sharma’s hapless team with a brilliant century.

Mumbai’s batters struggled again and were restricted to 181-9 in reply to Lucknow’s 199-4.

“Not building partnerships cost us, it was not a moment,” Mumbai skipper Rohit said.

“We try and find combinations and playing XIs that work but we can’t do it after losses. If I know what’s going wrong, I’d correct it but it’s not coming off.

“I do take responsibility but I will look to use my experience and we hope to come back again as a team too.”

Rahul, who has two golden ducks to his credit this season, led Lucknow’s strong total with unbeaten 103 off 60 balls that featured nine fours and five sixes.

He scored his 50 off 33 balls but accelerated in the latter half of the innings and raised his century off the next 23 balls with a boundary against Tymal Mills in the penultimate over.

Mills, the England’s left-arm fast bowler, was hammered for 51 runs off his three overs.

West Indian left-arm spinner Fabian Allen also couldn’t impress in his first game for Mumbai and conceded 46 runs for the wicket of Quinton de Kock (24).

Rahul and De Kock provided Lucknow a perfect start of 52 runs before Allen, coming in as the sixth bowler inside the batting powerplay, had the South African trapped leg before wicket off his third ball.

But Rahul and Manish Pandey (38) then combined in a 72-run stand and the Lucknow skipper exhibited an array of shots on both sides of the wicket.

Mumbai’s batting up front continued to struggle with Ishan Kishan (6) and skipper Sharma (6) failing to provide momentum to the chase for the five-time champions.

Dewald Brevis counter-attacked briefly with his 31 off 13 balls before driving fast bowler Avesh Khan’s (3-30) low full toss straight to extra cover. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with 37 and Kieron Pollard made 25 before the West Indian holed out at long on in the final over.


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