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KL Rahul’s century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Mumbai Indians’ poor form in the IPL 2022 season continued as they suffered their sixth straight loss this season. After a quick top-order collapse, Suryakumar Yadav and N Tilak Varma looked to provide some resistance, but their dismissals before the start of the slog overs saw Mumbai lose hope and fall 18 runs short.

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

On Saturday, KL Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), became only the fourth batter in IPL history to record two centuries against a single side.

The skipper led the pace with a superb knock in IPL 2022 match 26 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. KL Rahul became the second player in Indian cricket history to score multiple hundreds as captain, striking 103 not out in 60 balls.

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Rahul scored his century with a four in the 19th over, bowled by Tymal Mills, after being asked to bat first by the winless Mumbai Indians. To achieve the goal, he needed 56 balls. With nine fours and five sixes, the 29-year-old batted his way to an undefeated 103 off 60 balls.

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, scored their first century of the season against Mumbai Indians. Mumbai was in trouble early on when Rohit was dismissed for yet another low score, but Brevis’s 31 off 13 deliveries helped them finish the Powerplay on a high note. 

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

After he fell, Mumbai was three down and looked to Yadav to save them once more. SKY and Varma kept the game alive by keeping the scoreboard ticking. When Suryakumar Yadav died, many hopes died with him, but it was the big man, Pollard, who kept the faith alive. 

He needed big innings and something spectacular, but the chase was just too big for him. Jaydev Unadkat and Murugan Ashwin tried their hardest, but there was still a lot to chase at the end.

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Meanwhile, KL Rahul currently has 3508 runs in 91 innings, including three hundred, in his 100th IPL match.

In the process, Rahul has joined an elite group of batsmen who have struck more than a century against a franchise — Chris Gayle (2) versus Punjab Kings, Virat Kohli (2) vs Gujarat Lions, David Warner (2) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

KL Rahul's century helped LSG beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

In the fielding department, the game was won. Mumbai made far too many errors today, but Lucknow was on top of their game. Although the pitch was good for batting, Lucknow made sure to take wickets at regular intervals.

KL Rahul’s century was not in vain, as Lucknow bowled quite effectively. Avesh Khan, who took three wickets, was the standout of the bowlers, while others kept the pressure on from the other end.

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News Source: Times of India

Written By

Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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