Aashay Chopade ∙ Updated: May 25 2023, 5:29 AM | 2 Min Read

[Watch] Rohit Sharma's Direct Hit and Stoinis-Hooda Collision Smash LSG Out of IPL 2023

image-li22xa5pIshan Kishan during the MI-LSG Eliminator (AP Photo)

The Eliminator in IPL is always a pressure game and it is all about who handles the pressure well in a knockout game. In the IPL 2023 as well, we saw pressure playing a big part as MI outclassed LSG comprehensively in a high-pressure knockout encounter.

The classic example of LSG crumbling under pressure were two bizarre run-outs of Marcus Stoinis and Krishnappa Gowtham in the 12th and 13th over. Deepak Hooda was the batter at the other end on both occasions and he himself was run out in the 15th over as LSG were beaten by a whopping margin of 81 runs.

The first run-out of Stoinis happened because of the collision between Stoinis and Deepak Hooda as they tried to take a second run when Stoinis clipped a fullish delivery on middle by Green to deep mid-wicket.

The second run-out of Gowtham was courtesy of a bizarre misunderstanding between him and Hooda. It was a shortish delivery, outside off by Piyush Chawla and Gowtham played a cut shot to point where the fielder misfielded and deflected the ball towards extra cover. Gowtham sensed an opportunity for a run and called for it but there was actually no run there and Hooda sent him back. However, Rohit Sharma, the MI skipper collected the ball swiftly and fired a direct hit to send Gowtham back to the hut as he failed to get back despite a desperate dive.

All these created panic in LSG's dressing room and for the second time in a row, they have been knocked out in the Eliminator of IPL.