Stoinis Stars as Lucknow Super Giants Clinch Thrilling Victory Over Mumbai Indians

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Marcus Stoinis was once again the hero for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as they secured a tense four-wicket win against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Ekana Cricket Stadium on Tuesday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Stoinis’s impactful 62 runs played a crucial role in LSG’s recovery and eventual victory.

The match began on a shaky note for LSG as debutant Arshin Kulkarni fell for a golden duck in the very first over, giving Nuwan Thushara his inaugural IPL wicket. The early setback was mitigated by a solid 58-run partnership between skipper KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis, which anchored the team’s pursuit of the 145-run target. Rahul contributed a stable 28 runs before being dismissed by Hardik Pandya.

As LSG’s middle order stumbled, losing Ashton Turner and Ashton Turner in quick succession, Nicholas Pooran stepped up, staying not out to steer his team across the finish line. This victory marked LSG’s sixth home win, lifting them to third place with 12 points from 10 matches. Meanwhile, MI remained in ninth place with six points from 12 games.

Earlier in the day, LSG’s bowlers displayed a commendable performance. Mohsin Khan led the attack with two wickets, while Marcus Stoinis, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mayank Yadav, and Ravi Bishnoi each took a wicket. MI’s innings featured crucial knocks from Nehal Wadhera, who scored 46, Ishan Kishan with 32, and Tim David, who provided a late surge with 35 runs off 18 balls.

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LSG’s decision to field first was quickly justified as Stoinis took an early catch off Mohsin Khan’s bowling to dismiss Rohit Sharma. Stoinis continued to shine by claiming the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav, further dampening MI’s hopes for a substantial powerplay score. A brilliant direct hit by Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Tilak Varma, adding to MI’s woes as they struggled to 28/4 in the powerplay.

Despite the top-order collapse, Wadhera and Kishan managed to build a partnership, with Kishan surviving a dropped catch by Ashton Turner. However, their efforts were not enough to mount a strong comeback, with MI finishing at 144/7 after 20 overs, setting the stage for LSG’s challenging but ultimately successful chase.

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