Jasprit Bumrah was a dream to watch during the first innings of Match 48 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
MI's lead pacer bowled tremendously well and picked up three wickets for just 14 runs from his four overs. This helped restrict MI to 164/6 in their 20 overs.
The highlight of that spell was bagging Virat Kohli for his 200th T20 wicket. Kohli was Bumrah's first IPL wicket, and his 100th as well.
Bumrah became the 16th bowler and 13th Indian to bag 100 IPL wickets. Bumrah is the 41st bowler and sixth Indian to take 200 wickets in T20 cricket. The other five Indian bowlers with 200+ T20 wickets are all right-arm spinners.
The much-awaited partnership between Kohli and AB de Villiers did not rise to the occasion and both batsmen were dismissed early! Towards the end, it took some lusty blows from Gurkeerat Singh Mann (14* off 11) and Washington Sundar (10* off 6) to help RCB finish with a decent total.
The last five overs saw RCB score just 35 runs for the loss of four wickets after they started well at the top and MI all-rounder Krunal Pandya hinted at the same while speaking to the host broadcasters during the mid innings break.
"Guess it's a great comeback after the powerplay. Wicket is good to bat on and we bowled in the right areas in the second half and we got the result as well," he explained.
Bumrah was undoubtedly the star of the show with the ball for MI and Krunal said that the pacer once again delivered when it was needed.
"He has done that so many times for us and today he did it when it mattered the most, he has always delivered," he said.
Asked about his own performance with the ball as he looked to keep things economical, Krunal said: "I always back my strength and my strength is varying the pace and I stuck with that , backing myself to do the same thing."
Krunal said that the team would have happily taken the RCB score while chasing at the start of the innings. "Overall it was a good effort and before the start of the first innings, if someone had said you have to chase 165, we would have taken that," he said.
In the second half, Suryakumar Yadav's heroics with the bat (75 not out) guided table-toppers MI to a five-wicket win, taking their points tally to 16 from 12 games.
(With Agency Inputs)