Akash Madhwal’s sensational performance of taking five wickets for just five runs propelled Mumbai Indians to a dominant 81-run victory, eliminating Lucknow Super Giants from the tournament. The second IPL playoff game showcased the prowess of Madhwal, who wreaked havoc on the opposition.
After electing to bat first in the knockout contest held in Chennai, Australia’s Cameron Green (41) and Suryakumar Yadav (33) formed a crucial partnership of 66 runs, guiding the five-time champions Mumbai to a respectable total of 182-8.
In a remarkable display of bowling, Madhwal dismantled the Lucknow Super Giants’ batting lineup, claiming five wickets in a mere 3.3 overs, restricting them to a paltry 101 runs. Mumbai Indians secured their place in the next playoff encounter against Gujarat Titans, the reigning champions and table-toppers of the regular season. The winner of this match will face Chennai Super Kings in the highly anticipated final on Sunday.
During the match, commentator Simon Doull compared Madhwal’s bowling action to that of Pakistan’s pacer Hasan Ali, highlighting the similarities between the two players. Doull remarked, “Madhwal’s bowling action seems to be similar to Hasan Ali.”
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Despite his engineering background, Madhwal’s cricketing journey began in the state of Uttarakhand, where he honed his skills playing tennis-ball cricket. Currently, he has stepped up to fill the void left by Mumbai’s injured pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah.
Acknowledging his role in the team, Madhwal humbly stated, “Bumrah bhai (brother) has his own place, and I’m just trying to play the role assigned to me.”