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KL smashes Mumbai to 8th straight IPL loss

KL Rahul has hammered his second hundred of the season as Mumbai Indians crashed to their eighth straight defeat in the Indian Premier League.

Riding on Rahul’s 103 not out, Lucknow Super Giants beat last-place Mumbai by 36 runs on Sunday, racking up 6-168 in their 20 overs before restricting Mumbai to 8-132.

Lucknow lost Quinton de Kock (10) early after Mumbai won the toss but Rahul, who had also scored 103 not out eight days earlier against Mumbai, stroked his way to a half-century off 37 balls.

The skipper smacked 12 fours and four sixes overall during his 62-ball stay to score his fourth IPL hundred overall – and his third against Mumbai, the first of which came in 2019.

Mumbai’s bowlers had a good outing as they restricted Lucknow to a par score.

Jasprit Bumrah returned 1-31 in four overs, while Kieron Pollard took 2-8 in two overs and Australian paceman Riley Meredith took 2-40.

Daniel Sams (1-40) struck the big blow when Marcus Stoinis, promoted to No.4, was out for a three-ball duck.

Lucknow suffered a middle-order collapse, falling to 5-121 in 15.3 overs, before Rahul rescued them.

Mumbai’s return to the Wankhede Stadium after two years went from bad to worse as they began the chase, losing Ishan Kishan (8) and Dewald Brevis (3) cheaply.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (39) got another start, but ultimately skied a catch off Krunal Pandya (3-19).

Mumbai were down to 3-58 and then reduced to 4-67 in 11.2 overs as Suryakumar Yadav was out for 7 to Ayush Badoni.

Tilak Varma threw his bat around but his 38 off 27 wasn’t enough. Pollard was out for 19 off 20 balls to Pandya.

“It was a hard-fought win. We planned and executed well,” Pandya said. “Rahul’s knock was terrific and he is leading from the front. We bowled slower and made it hard for their batters.”

Lucknow climbed to fourth and are tied on 10 points with Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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