He started off with a no ball, defended a free hit, dished out a horrific wide, and still managed to get the ball to dip underneath the huge bat swings of probably two of the most destructive T20 batsmen of our generation. It was a treat to watch a 23 year old display such nerves of steel in one of the most high pressure situations this season.
Mumbai Indians would be thanking their stars that they invested so much in getting good death bowlers and unearthed Bumrah in the process. He helped them win a game, which they ideally should have won in normal, had the lower order batsmen kept their wits about them.
In the afternoon game, RCB succumbed to another humiliating loss, managing to muster just 96 runs in their allocated 20 overs, while chasing a meagre total of 160 odd. None of their high profile batsmen, except Virat Kohli stood up to the test. The major reason for RCB’s loss this year is the kind of pitches that they are playing on. Slow, sluggish decks, that don’t aid stroke making have been the norm in this year’s IPL, except in Rajkot maybe(a game they won comprehensively). Even the Chinnaswamy has dished out sluggish tracks, something that doesn’t go well with the army of stroke makers in the RCB camp.
They need flat, straight pitches to win games, because it is only then that they can out score the opposition. The IPL hasn’t been very kind to them this year.
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
Both these teams are struggling for some form, unable to invest their resources equally in both the departments, leading to an unsuccessful campaign until now. Delhi’s bowling heavy line up will relish this challenge against a top heavy Kings XI unit. I wonder if the match would be decided on how the weak links of both teams fair against each other.
Let’s get to business now!
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