Highlights from yesterday's IPL match: Marcus Stoinis and bowlers take Lucknow Super Giants closer to playoffs | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Marcus Stoinis played a steady innings, scoring a composed fifty, to support the bowlers' stellar performance as Lucknow Super Giants secured a tense four-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL on Tuesday, thus strengthening their chances of securing a place in the play-offs.
Mumbai Indians' top order struggled, managing only a below-par total of 144 for seven, with contributions from Nehal Wadhera (46), Ishan Kishan (32) and Tim David (35 not out) .
In response, Stoinis scored 62 off 45 balls, including seven boundaries and two sixes. Despite his start, LSG had to face some nervous moments but managed to seal the victory with four balls remaining.

With their sixth win in 10 matches, LSG moved up to third place in the IPL table, while MI slumped to their seventh defeat in 10 matches.
LSG began their chase vigilantly after Nuwan Thurshara struck with his fourth ball to remove the onslaught of sub Arshin Kulkarni for a duck on his IPL debut.
Stoinis hit two consecutive boundaries against Gerald Coetzee, who ended up conceding 15 in his first over. KL Rahul (28 off 22) also joined the party, slamming three fours and a six to claim 20 runs against Thurshara.
Stoinis then hit Bumrah over long-on as LSG reached 52 in the powerplay.
Mohammed Nabi clung to a skier at the boundary line while Hardik Pandya produced a breakthrough, eliminating Rahul.

Stoinis, however, continued his momentum as he and Deepak Hooda (18) added 40 more runs off 35 balls to take LSG close to 100.
Hooda was then run out by Hardik but Stoinis reached his fifty off 39 balls in the 14th over and then sent Mohammed Nabi for a four and a six.
Coetzee bowled Ashton Turner, while Ayush Badoni was bowled out to give MI hopes before Nicholas Pooran (14 not out) cleared the remaining runs.

Earlier, MI dug themselves a big hole by losing four wickets in the powerplay. The visitors simply could not recover from the hiccup despite a fifth wicket stand of 53 runs between Wadhera and Kishan.
Tim David finally hit a few shots, including a final over of 17 runs, to give the total some semblance of respectability.
MI's top order misfired as the visitors managed just 28 for four in the first six overs, the second-lowest powerplay score in this IPL.
While Rohit Sharma (4) was dismissed by left-arm pacer Mohin Khan, Stoinis induced a fine edge with a slow ball to get rid of Suryakumar Yadav (10).
MI found themselves in an even tougher situation when Ravi Bishnoi's straight delivery found Tilak Varma in form before the crease.
Skipper Hardik was then looking for a golden duck after pushing a delivery outside off Naveen Ul Haq, as MI collapsed to 27 for four in 5.2 overs.
LSG used Stoinis well in the powerplay as their series of three overs with the new ball yielded a wicket for 19.
Back from injury, feeling of rhythm Mayank Yadav could have had a wicket, but Turner dropped Ishan Kishan (32) to deep square leg.
Kishan and Nehal Wadhera tried to steady the ship with their fifth wicket, but the LSG bowlers didn't give much away as MI reached 68 for four in 12 overs.
With seven overs remaining, Kishan tried to up the ante to fall for a google Bishnoi. Wadhera, however, smashed Mayank for two sixes and a four as 16 runs came out of the 15th over.
Mohammed Nabi then dragged one onto the stumps of Mayank, who immediately left the field, raising fears of injury.
(With inputs from PTI)



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