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breaking news Rahul’s undefeated century condemns five-time champion Bombay to sixth consecutive loss

KL Rahul marked his 100th Indian Premier League (IPL) outing with a century unbeaten as he led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to an 18-point win over five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI), who saw their horror start to the season extends to a sixth successive defeat, at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

The defeat leaves Mumbai languishing at the bottom of the IPL 2022 points table, being the only team yet to claim a win, while dropping LSG to second place.

Rahul (103 on 63 balls) celebrated drowning out all the noise around him as he fired LSG to a dominating total of 199/4 after being asked to strike. He then showed good leadership to oversee a late response from Mumbai.

With 47 needed on 14 balls, Kieron Pollard and Jaydev Unadkat hit 21 on the next 8 balls to give Mumbai hope. Unadkat (14 from 6 balls), however, was exhausted on the 1st ball in the final and Murugan Ashwin (6) came back the same way two balls later. Chameera (1/48) then got rid of Pollard (25 from 14 balls) as Mumbai only managed 181/4 in response.

MI’s chase once again didn’t quite get off the ground as Rohit Sharma (6) was caught trying to speed up a quick short delivery from Avesh Khan in 2nd. Young Dewald Brevis then came out and broke 6 fours and 1 six of the first 12 balls he faced.

Avesh, however, gave Brevis (31 on 13 balls) quite a sendoff when he caught him at extra coverage in the 6th. Ishan Kishan’s (13) poor form continued as Marcus Stoinis came into the attack and castling Mumbai’s other opener in the 7th to reduce MI to 57/3.

Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav then helped the five-time champions rebuild by assembling a solid 64-run partnership for the 4th wicket. The stubborn pair were quickly cleared as LSG landed a quick double hit.

Jason Holder got the breakthrough when he casted Varma (26) within 15 hours. Ravi Bishnoi then got rid of Suruyakumar (37 from 27 balls) who looked to shoot but chose the deep square-legged defender, as Mumbai were reduced to 127/5 in the 16th.

Fabian Allen (8) didn’t contribute much with the bat on his debut as Avesh (3/30) came back to grab his third wicket in the 18th and leave Mumbai with too much to do in the final two overs .

Earlier in the match, Rohit won the Toss and opted to go bowling. The two teams made one change each as MI debuted Fabian Allen in blue who replaced Basil Thampi. LSG have brought back Manish Pandey in place of Krishnappa Gowtham.

LSG got off to a flying start as former MI flyhalf Quinton de Kock blasted through a flurry of limits to run 18 from 9. However, Allen made an instant impact when he came on offense and trapped de Kock (24 from 13 balls) LBW as LSG went 57/1 on the power play.

Manish Pandey came out at No 3 and provided good support for his captain as Rahul brought his half-century back from 33 in the 12th. Rahul celebrated the landmark by hammering Tymal Mills for 4 fours in 13th on 18 runs.

Meanwhile, Pandey (38 from 29 balls) had to back up as Murugan Ashwin beat him with a jerky delivery that then crashed into the leg stump on the 14th. However, Stoinis came out and immediately took off with a huge six.

Rahul kept the assault on the other head as he hit Allen for 2 sixes and a four in the 15th to up the 150 for LSG. Jaydev Unadkat stopped Stoinis (10) as the Aussie sent a short ball back to the keeper.

Meanwhile, Rahul continued to punish Mills and hit him for 3 fours and a six in the 19th to elevate his century on his 100th IPL outing. The LSG captain has become only the second player this season, after Jos Buttler, to hit the triple digit mark.

Unadkat (2/32) meanwhile won an impressive final where he got rid of Deepak Hooda (15) and gave up just 4 points as LSG went 199/4.


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