Good players don’t have two bad days in a row. A champion bowler like Jasprit Bumrah who had an awful day against Chennai Super Kings in the first match of IPL2020 has bounced back in supreme style to help his team to their first victory in UAE in 7 games.
Mumbai Indians have lost all their 5 leagues games in 2014 in UAE to go with the first game against Chennai Super Kings in this season. They were under pressure to break the unwanted losing streak and they did it comprehensively.
KKR were stuttering when Andre Russell came into the crease. KKR needed 118 runs from a mere 8 overs to steal the game. One worthy thing to note is that Jasprit Bumrah had 3 overs remaining out of those 8. KKR had no other option but to attack each and every bowler in the opposition camp but they just couldn’t hit Jasprit Bumrah as he gave just 2 runs in the 13th over.
The situation had gone from bad to worse as they needed 114 runs from 7 overs and the KKR batsmen had to hit out or get out and Andre Russell
It was expected that this match would be a cliffhanger considering the strengths of the teams but it turned out to be an one sided affair. KKR respected the price tag of Pat Cummins and gave him a go ahead of a quality T20 bowler like Lockie Ferguson and KKR did pay the price for it. The Australian quick gave 49 runs from his 3 overs and didn’t even complete his 4th over in the game.
KKR will need him to come good or they should replace Pat Cummins with Lockie Ferguson as their death bowling woes continue for the 3rd consecutive season now which they haven’t addressed. They can also avail the raw pace of Ali Khan who is a better T20 bowler and has the experience of playing all around the world in different franchise leagues. KKR will play SRH on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.