Mumbai Indians players Sandeep Warrier, Kumar Kartikeya and Vishnu Vinod seemingly took a dig at Lucknow Super Giants pacer Naveen-ul-Haq after MI defeated LSG in the IPL 2023 Eliminator.
Mumbai Indians pacer Akash Madhwal helped his side defeat Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs in the IPL 2023 Eliminator at Chepauk on Wednesday.
Naveen-ul-Haq has been in the headlines for his antics off the pitch. During the league stage of IPL 2023, Naveen-ul-Haq had a heated chat with Royal Challengers Bangalore star Virat Kohli. After the RCB-LSG game, Naveen posted Instagram stories about mangoes whenever the Bangalore-based franchise did not perform well in their matches.
Mumbai Indias players take a shot at Naveen-ul-Haq
Naveen went on to upload a laughing meme video on Instagram after RCB were knocked out of the tournament. Last night, when MI defeated LSG in the Eliminator, three of the team’s players – Kumar Kartikeya, Vishnu Vinod and Sandeep Warrier – clicked a photo on the dining table with mangoes.
Sandeep and Vishnu posted the photo on their Instagram profiles and wrote:
“Sweet season of mangoes”
While Sandeep and Vishnu have taken the post down now, a Twitter user took a screenshot and uploaded it to his profile.
The sweet mangoes! pic.twitter.com/BM0VCHULXV
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 24, 2023
In the MI-LSG Eliminator clash Rohit Sharma opted to bat but Mumbai Indians struggled early in the innings. They lost Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan early. However, the pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Cameron Green kept the team on track. The pair added 66 runs for the third wicket before Naveen-ul-Haq crashed Mumbai’s party and removed the duo in the 11th over.
The Afghan pacer scalped four wickets, while Yash Thakur scalped three. Then a blistering batting by Nehal Wadhera, who scored 23 off 12, helped Mumbai Indians pile a challenging 182/8 in 20 overs.
Chasing the target 183, LSG crumbled as MI took wickets in quick succession. It was Akash Madhwal who run riot with the ball. He produced a sensational bowling effort. Madhwal scalped five wickets in 3.3 overs as Lucknow were bundled out for 101 in 16.3 overs in the 183-run chase. Apart from Madhwal’s clinical display, poor running between the wickets also haunted Lucknow during the stiff run chase.
Marcus Stoinis, who scored 40 off 27 balls – the highest from LSG camp, Deepak Hooda and Krishnappa Gowtham lost their wickets in the form of run-out.
Mumbai will now lock horns with defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2 at their home venue.