Suryakumar Yadav
The joke that Suryakumar Yadav performs on Tilak Varma.

On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians beat Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs, keeping their hopes of winning a sixth IPL crown alive.

With Wednesday’s 81-run victory over the Lucknow Super Giants, the Mumbai Indians kept their hopes alive of winning their sixth IPL championship. The five-time victors scored 182-8 and then bowled out LSG for 101 thanks to Akash Madhwal’s five-wicket haul. This victory sets up MI’s Qualifier 2 matchup in Ahmedabad on Friday against the Gujarat Titans. Even after such a stunning victory, MI’s off-the-field antics had the crowd laughing.

MI shared a video to Twitter showing batter Suryakumar Yadav pulling a great joke on teammate Tilak Varma on the plane. Surya grabbed a lemon from the flight attendant and squirted some juice into Varma’s sleeping mouth with it. Varma, shocked by Surya’s joke, awoke with a “Kya hai is mein” (What is this) upon realizing what had happened.

Akash Madhwal, a relatively unknown Uttarakhand engineer, produced a fantastic spell, capturing five wickets, and helping the five-time champion Mumbai Indians beat the Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs.

Given Lucknow’s tremendous batting firepower, Mumbai Indians’ 182 for 8 in 20 overs seemed 15 short. However, thanks to Madhwal’s unbelievable figures of 3.3-0-5-5 and some brilliant ground fielding led by captain Rohit Sharma, the Gautam Gambhir-mentored side collapsed for only 101 in 16.3 overs.

This means that Rohit Sharma and company will face the Gujarat Titans on Friday in Ahmedabad in the second Qualifier to determine whom Chennai Super Kings will face in the championship game on Sunday.

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