The 17-year-old Nepalese leg-spinner took three top order wickets (3-32) to break the back of Mumbai Indians’ batting. Lamichhane opened the bowling and didn’t flinch despite being targeted by Mumbai opener Suryakumar Yadav.
Lamichhane deceived Yadav in the opening over to have him caught at long-on while he also accounted for the scalps of the dangerous Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to finish the season on a high.
It was just the third match of the tournament for the teenager but he has only gotten better with each outing.
RUNS CONCEDED: 36
Lamichhane didn’t get affected by the attacking style of Mumbai opener Suryakumar Yadav. The opening batsman hit the spinner for a four and a six off the first two balls of the innings but the Lamichhane hit back in the same over, getting the batsman to miscue a leg-side shot towards long on.
In his next over, he got two big scalps. Pollard mishit the spinner down the ground where tag-team work by fielders Glenn Maxwell and Trent Boult accounted for the West Indian. And in the same over, Lamichhane got Krunal to miscue a drive towards cover off a googly. Job done.
Lamichhane was attacked the first two balls he bowled but he didn’t take a step back. He continued to try out his variations and got his reward in the first over with he help of a googly. He complemented the other leg-spinner in the attack – Amit Mishra (3-19) – brilliantly and it were his crucial wickets at the top that kept Delhi ahead. Mumbai eventually lost by just 11 runs, which make his dismissals of Pollard and Krunal even more crucial. His final over went for just four runs, which was brilliant.
If anything, his run rate was on the higher side. Leg-spinner Mishra went for just 19 runs, which makes Lamichhane’s analysis look a bit expensive. However, on its own it was a superb effort from the Nepal spinner compared to Mishra who is one of the all-time leading wicket-takers in IPL.
The teenager has a bright future ahead and his three games in IPL will hold him in good stead.
Mishra, Lamichhane, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Rahman, Markande -- leggies have been the flavour and stars of this IPL season— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 20, 2018
Another brilliant showing from Lamichhane. The young spinner proved beyond doubt that Delhi made a mistake by not fielding him earlier in the tournament, especially when their qualification hopes were alive. Leg-spinners have ruled the roost this IPL and Lamichhane would have given Delhi the extra edge along with Mishra. It’s lesson learnt for the Daredevils and a shot in the arm for Lamichhane and Nepal cricket.
It’s the final day of the preliminary rounds in IPL 11 and one playoff spot is up for grabs. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have all guaranteed their spot in the top four with Rajasthan Royals currently in the final playoff position.
But a win by any margin for the defending champions Mumbai Indians over bottom-dwellers Delhi Daredevils this afternoon at the Feroz Shah Kotla will see them displace the Royals and book a playoff spot. Delhi however would love nothing better than spoiling Delhi’s party.
The Daredevils won the toss and in their 20 overs knocked up a par score of 4 for 174 on a hot afternoon with a bone dry outfield.
Best for Delhi were Rishabh Pant continuing his run of good form with 64 off 44 balls and a hard-hitting 43 not out off 30 for Vijay Shankar, while for Mumbai Jasprit Bumrah took 1 for 29 off his four overs.
Mumbai looked gone at 5 for 78 but cometh the hour, cometh the man – and that man seemed to be Australian allrounder Ben Cutting who smashed three sixes in his 37 off 20 balls.
But just when it looked like the Indians would pull off another great escape with Cutting taking them to 12 runs short of the target with five balls remaining, the tall Queenslander mis-cued a hoik down the ground off Harshal Patel and was caught by his Australian team mate Glenn Maxwell.
Mumbai are out of IPL 2018 and now only the Kings XI Punjab can steal the final playoff spot from Rajasthan Royals if they can get a handsome win over Chennai.
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A Mumbai Indians victory against Delhi Daredevils will end all Punjab hopes. Moreover, Kings XI need to beat Chennai handsomely on Sunday to stand any chance of making the playoffs.
Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be hoping spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman takes the field in Pune. The Afghanistan sensation missed the side’s last two matches after sustaining an injury on his bowling hand in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The 17-year-old has been sensational in his maiden IPL campaign with 14 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of less than seven runs an over. The Afghanistan man has been one of the stars for the franchise this season with the ball along with Australia’s Andrew Tye, who is the leading wicket-taker.
Kings XI coach Brad Hodge had expressed optimism that Mujeeb will be fit to bowl against Chennai when he was asked for an update during the side’s last match. So far, there has been no further word from the team management as to whether the teenager will play on Sunday.
If Mujeeb misses out against the Super Kings, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis should continue to feature in the playing XI.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot