Mumbai Indians crash to 8th straight defeat in IPL
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Lokesh Rahul posted his second hundred of the season to guide Lucknow Super Giants to a 36-run win on Sunday and extend the Mumbai Indians’ losing streak to eight games in the Indian Premier League.
Riding on Rahul’s 103 not out, Lucknow scored 168-6 in 20 overs before restricting Mumbai to 132-8.
Lucknow lost Quinton de Kock (10) early after Mumbai won the toss but Rahul, who also scored 103 not out on April 16 against Mumbai, stroked his way to a half-century off 37 balls. He put on 58 runs with Manish Pandey (22).
Rahul hit 12 fours and four sixes during his 62-ball innings to score his fourth career IPL century.
Mumbai’s bowlers did well to restrict Lucknow, with Jasprit Bumrah returning 1-31 in four overs, while Kieron Pollard took 2-8 in two overs. Riley Meredith had 2-40.
Daniel Sams (1-40) struck the big blow when Marcus Stoinis, promoted to No. 4, was out for a three-ball duck.
Lucknow had a middle-order collapse, falling to 121-5 in 15.3 overs, before Rahul regained control late.
Mumbai’s return to the Wankhede Stadium after two years went from bad to worse as it began the chase.
The home team lost Ishan Kishan (8) and Dewald Brevis (3) cheaply. Skipper Rohit Sharma (39) got another start, but ultimately skied a catch off Krunal Pandya (3-19).
Mumbai slipped from 58-3 to 67-4 when Suryakumar Yadav was out for 7 to Ayush Badoni in the 12th over.
Tilak Varma scored 38 off 27 and Pollard was out for 19 off 20 balls.
Dushmantha Chameera returned his most economical figures in T20 cricket with 0-14 from four overs.
“It was a hard-fought win. We planned and executed well,” Pandya said. “Rahul’s knock was terrific and he is leading from the front. We bowled slower and made it hard for their batters.”
Lucknow joined Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 10 points, two behind league-leading Gujarat.
Mumbai is winless from its first eight games, the longest losing streak to start an IPL season.
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