IPL 2017 | #MIvKKR: When Jasprit Bumrah stole the match from KKR
Mumbai Indians’ nail-biting victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders might have been due to the mature efforts with the bat from two young batsmen – Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya – but the decisive moment came well before that in the first innings.
Much like against Gujarat Lions in their previous game, KKR openers Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir were going great guns batting first, racing to 44/0 in four overs. Krunal Pandya struck twice alright, but the dangerman in Lynn was still out there. And, looking set to do a Rajkot encore.
But that’s when skipper Rohit Sharma made a tactical masterstroke. A couple of overs after Krunal’s double strike, the MI skipper brought back one of his trusted wicket-taking soldiers in Jasprit Bumrah with the objective of getting the Australian back into the dugout.
The move was a gamble, for it meant one less over for Bumrah at the death, a phase he has mastered bowling. But the gamble paid off, with the pacer trapping Lynn leg-before-wicket trying to go for a big heave on the leg side.
Bumrah jumped, Rohit jumped, and so did the MI fans. Everyone in the stadium knew the importance of the wicket. Lynn’s attacking innings was …read more