NEW DELHI: After suffering a narrow five-point loss to Lucknow Super Giants in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says his side have lost momentum during the second half of the chase and missed crucial moments that could have tipped the game in their favor.
The undefeated innings of Marcus Stoinis (89 out of 47) and disciplined bowling performance of the Lucknow Super Giants played a big part in securing their victory over MI in the match held in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Stoinis was named Man of the Match.
IPL 2023: Lucknow beats Mumbai to get closer to the play-offs
“We didn’t play well enough to win the game. There were little moments in the game that we didn’t win, unfortunately. We assessed the pitch very well and it was a good pitch to beat. and that score was definitely huntable and we lost our way in the second half of the innings we gave up too many runs at the back and the last three overs missed a few but the way we started with batting we were in a good position to chase, but as I said we lost our way in the second half,” Rohit said during the post-game presentation.
IPL 2023: Lucknow Super Giants edge out Mumbai Indians to boost playoff hopes
Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 89 and the latest on heroics from Mohsin Khan helped the Lucknow Super Giants bolster their playoff hopes with a five-point victory over the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.
Stoinis handed victory to Lucknow after building key partnerships including an 89-run stand with skipper Krunal Pandya to guide Lucknow to 177/3.
Stoinis came in at 35/3 and rebuilt Lucknow’s innings with Pandya on not so easy to beat ground.
Pandya had cramp in his stroke and gave up a short fifty but Stoinis raised his fifty with a six and found himself facing Chris Jordan in an 18th of 24 runs.
Stoinis had an undefeated 60-on-24-ball matchup with Nicholas Pooran (8) and finished the innings with a six.
In response, Ishan Kishan smashed 59 and put on an opening 90-point stand with Rohit Sharma (37), before Ravi Bishnoi brushed the two aside.
Impact player Yash Thakur got the big wicket from Suryakumar Yadav (7), as MI quickly slipped to 145/5 in 17.4 overs.
Tim David scared Lucknow with his unbeaten 32 to 19 run, but he and Cameron Green could do little against Mohsin Khan’s Yorkers and discipline to the death.
Mohsin Khan (1/26), defended 11 points from the final as Mumbai fell short of their winning target of 178 points in Lucknow. (Photo BCCI/IPL)
Lucknow swapped places with five-time winners Mumbai to move up to third place in their bid to crack the top four in the group stage for a playoff berth.
“He (Marcus Stoinis) played really well, kept hitting straight, which is what you have to do on a pitch like this. It was a brilliant shot from him. I don’t know how the math (on the points and net run rate) will work, but we have to go out and play good cricket in our last game (against SRH),” Rohit said.
Lucknow Super Giants won the game by 5 points.