There were several mini-battles that were played out between former teammates during Mumbai Indians’ 36-run defeat to Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium in Match 37 of IPL 2022. Krunal Pandya and Quinton de Kock went up against their former team, which returned to the Wankhede Stadium for the first time in over 3 years.
While Quinton de Kock fell early to his former teammate Jasprit Bumrah after Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl, Krunal Pandya stepped up and delivered with the ball despite failing with the bat for Lucknow Super Giants. Krunal fell for 1 to his former teammate and good friend Kieron Pollard, who stepped up with the ball with figures of 2/8. de Kock fell for 10 to Bumrah but Lucknow managed 168, thanks to a classy hundred on a difficult batting pitch from KL Rahul.
Krunal Pandya though returned the favour and avenged his dismissal by getting the wicket of Kieron Pollard after being tasked with the responsibility of bowling the final over. in his first over, Krunal had dismissed his former captain Rohit that shifted the momentum in Lucknow’s favour.
HE’LL SPEAK LESS
In a cheeky message to his former teammate, Krunal said he was relieved after getting the wicket of Pollard after the recently-retired West Indies all-rounder got his wicket. In fact, Pollard came up with a cheeky gesture after getting the wicket of Pandya with a slower one in Lucknow’s innings.
“I was so thankful that I got his wicket otherwise he would have eaten my brain throughout my life because he got me out and now that it’s 1-1 at least he will speak less,” Krunal said of Pollard.
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Mumbai’s chase was all but over before the start of the 20th over as they needed 39 runs from it. Young Tilak Varma was waging a lone battle at the death but he fell for 38 off 27 in the 18th over.
Pollard struggled to get those big hits in a terrific final over bowled by Dushmantha Chameera. It was job done before Krunal walked up to bowl his final over but he did his best, getting the wickets of Pollard who managed just 19 from 20 balls and Daniel Sams in the final over before running out Jaydev Unadkat.
Furthermore, Krunal heaped praise on captain Rahul who hit 2 sixes and 12 boundaries in a lone warrior’s effort that helped Lucknow move to the 4th spot with their 5th win in 8 matches.
“It was a terrific knock, leading from the front and got us to a respectable total, so all credit goes to him (KL Rahul). I had no idea about how the wicket was going. When we batted, KL was mentioning that the wicket was stopping a bit so we tried to bowl slower and ball that hard length for the new batters,” he added.
Lucknow will look to consolidate their place in the top 4 when they next face Punjab Kings after a 4-day break on April 29.