Rahul: The vibe has been good since the first game and the energy in the dressing room is positive. One change: Gowtham misses out and Manish Pandey comes in.
Rohit: Since it’s a day game, we are getting another slower bowler in Fabian Allen. I know it’s a good pitch, but his experience will help us. Tymal, Brevis, Polly, and Fabian are the overseas players for us. To be honest, it’s just the basics of cricket that have been missing. It’s pretty simple for us and we don’t want to overcomplicate things. There’s no extra pressure on us and we need to play basic cricket.
De Kock: It has been good and the team environment has been on a high. It’s just a matter of carrying on with the momentum and getting another win. It’s pretty relaxed [batting with Rahul] and we have a mutual understanding. We don’t go too much into things and just play the ball. I think with Mumbai at the moment… we need some momentum back after the loss. Mumbai will be very desperate for their first win and will come hard, which is expected of them.
Lucknow Super Giants vs Mumbai Indians Highlights today, Saturday 16-4-2022. 26th Match (D/N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma: Not building partnerships cost us, it was not a moment. We tried to put the team before the individual, so we tried to keep the key bowlers in the back-end but it did not work out, despite him bowling well. The others need to pull up their socks. We try and find combinations and playing-XIs that work but we can’t do it after losses. It depends on the opposition but losses make it difficult. Sometimes, the opposition’s game must be applauded, as was the case with Rahul. If I know what was going wrong, I’d correct it but it’s not coming off. But I do take responsibility but I will look to use my experience and we hope to come back again as a team too.
Marcus Stoinis: It was a great game with a lot of twists after we thought we had it. I was looking at the scores at the end and can’t say I was fully willing to bowl. KL controlled the innings, he stood up well. Quinton got us off to a flier and the others chipped in. So far, so good. Limited meetings help me, the players are building well in a relaxed environment. (On his role) We have to figure things out, it was different today from the last game. I’m okay to do with whatever’s asked of me. It was closer than expected, we’ve had a few close games but fighting till the end and winning them will count.
Toss: MI won and will bat second.
Lucknow Super Giants team: KL Rahul (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi.
Mumbai Indians team: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Jaydev Unadkat, M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills.
KL Rahul, Player of the Match for his 103* (60): it’s a special day and a special hundred. Says he wasn’t among the runs but the pitch was good and make the most of it. He feels the day games without dew are different, the bowlers were really clear and we need to be clear with the plans. That’s the takeaway from our wins. The batters need to settle in and not collapse. (Areas of improvement) The batters haven’t done well in the powerplay at times. Keeping the opposition quiet early in their innings would help. I don’t look at oppositions differently, they are a champion side that’s competitive. But I don’t do much different. (On the new teams being at the top) We have played well, we need to be humble and keep learning. The team is brilliant and I enjoy spending time with them, creating a team that was comfortable was something we looked for in the auction.
Head to head
Total matches played: 1
LSG Won: 1
MI Won: 0
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 15:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Nikhil Patwardhan
TV Umpires – Navdeep Singh
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Yeshwant Barde
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 26th Match