Dewald Brevis produced another impressive knock for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL on Saturday.
Coming in at No 3, the SA U19 star smashed 31 off 13 balls, which included six fours and a six, against the Lucknow Super Giants.
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However, it would not be enough for Mumbai, who fell 18 runs short of their 200-run target to suffer a sixth successive loss in this year’s tournament. They remain bottom of the log.
Lucknow skipper KL Rahul smashed an unbeaten 103 in his 100th IPL match to steer his side to 199-4 after being put in to bat first at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, could only manage 181-9.
“We try and find combinations and playing XIs that work but we can’t do it after losses,” said a disappointed Rohit.
“If I know what’s 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.”
Lucknow registered their fourth win to be placed second behind fellow newcomers and IPL leaders the Gujarat Titans.
Fast bowler Avesh Khan returned figures of 3-30, including the key scalps of Rohit for six and Brevis.
Suryakumar Yadav hit 37 and Kieron Pollard attempted to pull off the chase with his brisk 25 but the target proved too big.
Rahul led the dominance for Lucknow, one of the two new teams in the money-spinning IPL, with key partnerships including a 52-run opening stand with Quinton de Kock (24) before adding 72 with Manish Pandey (38).
The Indian opener hit Tymal Mills for a boundary to bring up his third IPL hundred in 56 balls and finish with five sixes in his winning knock.
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