KL Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), has been fined INR 12 lakhs for his team’s poor over-rate during their group stage match against the five-time winners Mumbai Indians (MI). To be clear, Rahul was punished for a minimum over-rate infringement under the IPL’s Code of Conduct. To recall, LSG defeated the Men in Blue and Gold by 18 runs in the IPL 2022 group stage encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 16. (Saturday). As a result, MI has now lost six consecutive matches in the IPL 2022 and is currently ranked last on the list.
After winning the toss, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma chose to bowl first. Openers Rahul and former MI opener Quinton de Kock (24 off 13 balls) seemed in fine form, putting up 52 runs for the first wicket before de Kock fell while trying a reverse sweep. Rahul, on the other hand, continued his work against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Tymal Mills. The 29-year-old went into beast mode after the LSG innings, scoring a superb century. LSG scored 199/4 thanks to his undefeated 103 runs from 60 deliveries.
The successful bowlers for MI were Jaydev Unadkat (two wickets), West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen (one wicket), and Murugan Ashwin (one wicket). Senior pacer Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, was the standout of the bowlers, conceding only 24 runs in his four-over quota.
In response, MI’s batting line-up was thrown off by the cheap wickets of Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma at the opening of their innings. Dewald Brevis (31 off 13 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (37 off 27 balls), and Tilak Varma (26 off 26 balls) all sought to get MI involved. With a 14-ball 25, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard attempted to keep Mumbai in contention. However, none of the MI batters’ attempts was successful, and LSG won by 18 runs.
LSG’s effective bowlers were pacer Avesh Khan (three wickets), Jason Holder (one wicket), Dushmanta Chameera (one wicket), and Ravi Bishnoi (one wicket), and Marcus Stoinis (one wicket). KL Rahul, the captain, was named player of the match for his outstanding century.