The Mumbai Indians team was in a good mood following their crushing 81-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Suryakumar Yadav tried to play a practical joke on Tilak Verma as MI took off for Ahmedabad, where they would face the Gujarat Titans, the defending champions, in the second qualifying round of the IPL 2023 for a chance to advance to the season finale versus Chennai Super Kings.
To wake up a sleeping Tilak, SKY decided to squirt some lemon juice into his mouth while he was still asleep. To the amusement of the onboard passengers, including the MI players and staff, the young batter was jolted awake and exhibited a puzzled expression.
Here’s the viral video:
A fun moment between Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma. pic.twitter.com/EFWFKav8jv
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 25, 2023
Akash Madhwal remained the match-winner for MI
Marcus Stoinis of Australia top-scored with 40 as Lucknow was bowled out for 101 with more than three overs remaining thanks to Madhwal’s excellent bowling, which included the astounding 5-5 figures of Akash Madhwal.
Mumbai, which won the toss and decided to bat in the semifinal match, scored 182-8 thanks to the dominance of Cameron Green (41) and Suryakumar Yadav (33). Nehal Wadhera, an important player, scored 23 runs off 12 balls in the dying overs, smashing two fours and two sixes to help Mumbai to an above-average total on a sluggish track.
Quinton de Kock, the starting batter, was left out of the crucial game by Lucknow, which backfired as impact player Kyle Mayers (18) holed out at long on during the powerplay after Madhwal struck with his fifth ball by getting Prerak Mankad (3) caught at third man.
As Lucknow slipped to 69-3 in the ninth over, captain Krunal Pandya, who had been struggling for 11 deliveries, too played a hasty shot and missed a chance at long-on against leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. In the following over, Madhwal delivered the decisive blow to Lucknow’s pursuit as he clean-bowled Ayush Badoni and found Nicholas Pooran’s edge with the subsequent deliveries. In the end, LSG could only manage 101 before being bowled out.