|Indian Premier League, Knockout, Chennai:|
|Mumbai Indians 182-8 (20 rounds): Green 41 (23), Yadav 33 (20); Naveen-ul-Haq 4-38, Thakur 3-34|
|Lucknow Super Giants 101 (16.3 points): Stoinis 40 (27); Madwar 5-5, Jordan 1-7|
|Mumbai Indians win by 81 runs|
Akash Madwal had an impressive 5-5 as Mumbai Indians beat Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League knockout round.
Cameron Green took 41 off 23 balls and struck 66 with Suryakumar Yadav – who hit 33 off 20 balls – to give the five-time champions a 182-8 lead.
Lucknow took a 69-2 lead in the chasing ninth innings but conceded eight wickets for 32 runs to settle on 101 runs.
Mumbai will now battle Gujarat Titans for a final spot in Qualifier 2.
After opting to bat first, Mumbai got off to a good start, although skipper Rohit Sharma and fellow opener Ishan Kishan were locked in a strong duel.
Hitting by Green and Suryakumar kept the run rate high, though.
It hovered around 10-an-over before Naveen-ul-Haq had already dismissed Rohit, knocking out Suryakumar and Green in the 11th over with a pair of fast balls.
Lucknow managed to slow Mumbai down in the next few overs, but after being substituted, impact player Nehal Wadhera fired 23 from 12 balls in quick succession. Ball, giving the Indians an over-par overall.
Madhwal struck a reply to remove Prerak Mankad in the second over and England seaman Chris Jordan ejected Kyle Mayers after two.
But Lucknow quickly rebuilt with the help of Marcus Stoinis and captain Krunal Pandya.
However, just when it looked like the Supergiants could tee off, the innings fell apart.
Pandya got away from Piyush Chawla and started to crumble, and Madhwal took two wickets in the next two balls to get rid of Krishnappa Gowtham and Nicholas Pooran.
Stoinis’ unnecessary 40-second out almost confirmed the result, with two more outs before Madhwal Castle Mohsin Khan scored a big success midway through the 17th over.
What is the IPL play-off schedule?
Now that Lucknow has been knocked out, only three teams are still in contention for the IPL trophy.
Mumbai will face defending champions Gujarat Titans, who lost in Qualifier 1, in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
The winner will then face Chennai Super Kings in the final in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
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