Jasprit Bumrah produced one of the finest death overs in the history of Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians nearly committed harakiri before edging out Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Super Over finish.
Chasing a modest target of 154, Mumbai Indians were cruising along at 104 for 2 in 13 overs and then 127 for 4 in 16 overs. An inspired spell by James Faulkner (2/34) and Basil Thampi (3/29) coupled with Ravindra Jadeja's brilliance in the field saw Mumbai Indians nearly pull off a defeat from the jaws of victory.
There were four run-outs including three in the last seven balls as Mumbai Indians were all-out for 153 off the final ball.
The One Over Eliminator saw Mumbai Indians score 11 with Kieron Pollard hitting Faulkner for a boundary and a six.
Defending 11 runs, Bumrah bowled a no-ball and wide in his first three deliveries but displayed brilliant variations of slower deliveries including a few in the blockhole as Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum could manage only six runs. Each of his deliveries were unplayable proving why he is an asset for the Indian team in limited overs format.
The seventh win took them to 14 points and on par with Kolkata Knight Riders. One more victory from the remaining five games will seal their spot in the last four. And here are the best reactions to Bumrah's heroics:
Best part - Finch & McCullum batting.Bumrah stopping them.Indian bowler. Super proud. #GLvMI— Foram MP Gosrani (@MissRahulDravid) April 29, 2017
Jasprit Bumrah is no more that bowler with the awkward action. He is a complete limited overs seam bowler with a great temperament.👏👏👏— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 30, 2017
There are bowlers who bowl and leave it to God & there are bowlers who decide to bowl a specific ball and it really happens !That's Bumrah!— vikram sathaye (@vikramsathaye) April 30, 2017
GLvMI was a match in which two Indian fast bowlers, Bumrah, & to a lesser extent Thampi, stepped out of the shadows of Malinga & Tye. #IPL— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 29, 2017
Bumrah bowled five yorkers today. He has now bowled 20 yorkers this season. Next best: Malinga 19, Morris 15, Bhuveneshwar 13. #IPL— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 29, 2017
After Bahubali bumrah...too much in one day— sandeep bamzai (@sandeep_bamzai) April 29, 2017
India at the 2020 WT20: Kohli (c) Rohit Rahul Rana Pant (wk) Krunal Hardik Jadeja Bhuvi Bumrah Chahal Thampi Kuldeep Ishan ShamiWOW.— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) April 29, 2017
Wow, Jaspreet Bumrah.Gives a free hit.And, still gives only 6 at the death.Full Dhoni of bowling.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 29, 2017
For Gujarat Lions, the sixth defeat in nine matches further diminished their chances of qualifying for the next stage.
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