IPL 2022, MI vs LSG: 3 best knocks of KL Rahul against Mumbai
After three consecutive victories, KL Rahul and his team were defeated by the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by three runs in their last game. The skipper of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) was dismissed for a golden duck and would be eager to bounce back to scoring huge runs.
For their next match on Saturday, LSG could perhaps not have asked for a better opponent than the Mumbai Indians (MI). The five-time IPL winners have had a terrible start to the season, losing all five games and sitting at the bottom of the points standings.
Furthermore, given his fantastic stats versus MI, KL Rahul would like his chances of scoring big against them.
On that topic, here are KL Rahul’s three finest bowling performances against the Men in Blue and Gold.
77(51), Match 36, IPL 2020
The Kings XI Punjab afterwards renamed the Punjab Kings, were one of the few teams to defeat the famous Mumbai side in the IPL 2020. (PBKS). KL Rahul led from the front with the bat in possibly the most entertaining match between the two sides in IPL history.
MI made a competitive total of 176/6 in their 20 overs, with a half-century from Quinton de Kock and some superb hitting from Kieron Pollard and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
It wasn’t going to be easy chasing 177 against a powerful MI bowling attack. KL Rahul, on the other hand, fulfilled the role of an anchor once again, pacing his innings to perfection and hitting 77 runs off only 51 balls.
In a game full of unexpected twists and turns, PBKS scored 176/6 in their 20 overs, forcing the tie to be decided by a Super Over. Even the first Super Over ended in a draw, owing to Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s outstanding bowling.
Chris Jordan kept the big-hitters Pollard and Hardik Pandya quiet in the second Super Over. This was a game-defining over for PBKS, as Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle effortlessly chased down the runs, earning the team a historic victory.
94(60), Match 50, IPL 2018
This match was vital since both MI and PBKS were vying for a spot in the IPL 2018 playoffs. PBKS restricted MI to 186/8 in their 20 overs, and they were confident of following it down on a small ground like Wankhede.
Chris Gayle was one of the first to leave. Aaron Finch, on the other hand, proved to be a capable companion for KL Rahul. PBKS appeared to be cruising to the total while the two were at the crease. However, Jasprit Bumrah, MI’s trump card, helped his team get back into the game by taking some key wickets.
100*(64), Match 24, IPL 2019
MI was missing skipper Rohit Sharma, therefore this was an excellent opportunity for PBKS to capitalize. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got things going quickly, putting up 116 runs for the first wicket.
Even for a world-class bowler like Bumrah, Mumbai clawed their way back by hitting at regular intervals, but KL Rahul’s quality was just too excellent on the day. In the penultimate over, Rahul ripped Hardik Pandya apart for a spectacular first IPL century.
MI didn’t get off to a good start in their chase and continued losing wickets. Punjab appeared to be cruising to a two-point victory at the halftime break.