Stoinis special gives LSG vital win


Stoinis special gives LSG vital win

by Cricbuzz Staff • Published on Tue, May 16, 2023

A special innings from Marcus Stoinis and an incredible effort at the death by the Lucknow Super Giants bowlers helped the home side pull off a thrilling win in Lucknow over Mumbai Indians on Tuesday (May 16). Once Stoinis hammered his highest IPL score to power LSG to 177, MI were coasting towards a win at the halfway mark. However, a terrific comeback at the death, led by Mohsin Khan, gave LSG a narrow five-run win in the playoff race.

MI win the powerplay battle

With both bat and ball, MI came out on top in the powerplay to take control early in both the innings. With the ball, Jason Behrondorff caused the early damage as the returning Deepak Hooda fell for another single-digit score this season. Already handed a reprieve, Hooda failed to cash in and played an awkward shot to perish whereas Prerak Mankad, hero of the previous game, edged the first ball behind as Behrendorff picked up two wickets in two balls. LSG eventually crawled to only 35 by the end of the powerplay. And the first ball after the powerplay, they suffered another blow with Quinton de Kock edging Piyush Chawla behind.

And then with the bat, it was Ishan Kishan who gave his side a rapid start. Chasing 178 on a tricky surface, MI certainly needed a top start and the left-hander gave them one by taking on the opponents very early. Rohit Sharma soon joined the party as he took on Yash Thakur and Naveen-ul-Haq for a six each. He could have been dismissed in the final over of the powerplay had Ravi Bishnoi judged a catching opportunity but the reprieve ensured MI knocked down 58 in the powerplay.

The rescue act

At 35/3, LSG needed their senior trio of Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran to step up and guide them to a fighting total. Krunal and Stoinis led the rescue act with a fruitful partnership that saw them collect 33 runs in four overs after the powerplay to guide LSG to 68/3 at the halfway mark. Krunal then picked up a googly from Chawla to smash him straight down the ground for a six and Stoinis at the other end motored along in fine fashion as LSG reached 100 after 14 overs to lay the platform.

How did they finish with 177 then?

Super Giants had only one man to thank for what they ended up with. Krunal, who picked up an injury, decided to walk off with four overs remaining in the innings to ensure Pooran takes charge at the death. But it was Stoinis who took charge as he went absolutely bonkers to destroy MI. He ripped Chris Jordan apart in the 18th over to smash him for 24 runs and then followed it up with back-to-back sixes in the following over to stun the away side. He also finished the innings on a high with a six off the last ball to not only end up with his personal best in the IPL but also put LSG in a very strong position.

How did MI fare after the PP?

Both Ishan and Rohit kept going. Rohit came up with one of his best performances of the season as the openers added 90 for the opening wicket to lay the ideal platform. Rohit perished in his attempt to clear the fielder at long on but Ishan displayed terrific awareness throughout his stay at the other end to cruise to a fifty. Ishan targetted the longer boundaries but ensured he didn’t attempt to clear them. Instead, he tried to hit fours in the huge spaces between the fielders deployed at the deep. Bishnoi then came to LSG’s rescue once again as Ishan mistimed one after getting to his fifty which put the onus on the MI middle order to get the job done.

Did they deliver?

LSG applied the squeeze by letting MI score only four runs in the space of two overs when they removed Ishan and that pushed the required rate up. The home side then nudged ahead at a vital juncture when Suryakumar Yadav failed to execute his ramp and ended up smashing the ball onto his stumps. That was then followed by Mohsin getting rid of Nehal Wadhera to shift the pressure on MI completely. In the final three overs, MI needed 39 to get the job done.

The thrilling finish

The pressure was firmly on Tim David after the flurry of wickets brought LSG back into the contest. While he did race to 15 off 10, Yash Thakur kept LSG ahead by getting rid of Vishnu Vinod as the equation came down to 30 from 12. Naveen’s final over tipped the scales in MI’s favour as David hit a couple of sixes and was also aided by a no-ball that fetched four extra runs. However, Mohsin stepped up yet again when it mattered the most as MI failed to knock off those 11 runs from the final six balls. Both Cameron Green and David could only fetch singles throughout the over as LSG held their nerve to steal a terrific win in the end.

Brief scores: Lucknow Super Giants177/3 in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 89*, Krunal Pandya 49*; Jason Behrendorff 2/30) beat Mumbai Indians 172/5 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 59, Rohit Sharma 37; Ravi Bishnoi 2/26) by five runs

What’s next for these two sides?

For starters, they are both still in the playoff race regardless of what happened tonight. The massive difference however is that LSG’s fate rests in their own hands. If they win their final league game, they will go through. MI on the other hand will have to win their final game and hope one of CSK, RCB and PBKS lose at least one game to aid their passage.

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