Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

IPL 2018 : Bumrah helps Mumbai Indians to record a crucial win

IPL 2018 : Bumrah helps Mumbai Indians to record a crucial win

As of before this match, the IPL 2018 points table states the following.

In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant. The two teams have previously met in this year's IPL, with Mumbai beating Punjab on that occasion in Indore. I think he's an outstanding talent and, in this format in particular, you can bank on him to do his job and that's the most empowering thing for a bowler at the other end.

And he had fans in awe with his trademark "knuckle ball" to dismiss Mumbai opener Evin Lewis. One down Kishan's stay at the crease was also cut short by Tye, who stuck in his second over. He had to go for the big shot.

WICKET! It's a hat-trick chance for Andrew Tye as he sees off the in-form Suryakumar Yadav for 27. Tye's figured read 3/5 in his first two overs.

It turned out Ashwin was saving his overs for the death.

"It looked it was going to be a clinical romp but credit to Bumrah - once again he proved what a good bowler he is". He did not pick up a wicket but conceded only three runs, putting pressure on Mumbai.

Tye ended up with 4/16 in his four overs, a heavy favourite to take the Purple Cap of the season, with 24 wickets in total.

"He (Hardik) wants to take my wicket and that is how the IPL is". "Bumrah has come a long way in the past two years". He kept it tight and straight, not allowing the Punjab batters to free their arms.

"Even on a bad day when a batsman hits you, you just have to execute your plan".

KL Rahul made an impressive 94 runs at the Wankhede stadium during MI vs KXIP's match on May 16.

R Ashwin: We are bowling first. However, the next time he chose to have a go was in the 16th over. KXIP lost the last match against RCB. He didn't, and having to bowl Cutting at the death nearly cost Mumbai.

Aaron Finch (46) and Rahul then forged a crucial 111-run partnership.

Ashwin has not had the best IPL as a bowler. The two Rajasthan Royals players have bid a fond farewell to the franchise and its fans upon their departure for London. Did he have no confidence in his own bowling?

Middle-order batsmen Axar Patel (10 not out), Yuvraj Singh (1) and Manoj Tiwary (4 not out) tried to reach the target but failed.

Mumbai Indians' Jasprit Bumrah, right, celebrate the dismissal of King XI Punjab's Marcus Stoinis with teammates, during the IPL cricket T20 match in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Pandya posted a video where the duo are seen exchanging their team jerseys after the match. And mostly in a losing cause. Rahul, hit three consecutive fours off Ben Cutting in the 18th over, to bring down the equation to 23 runs from 12 balls but he too was dismissed in the 19th over by Bumrah.

It has been a story similar to Mumbai's for KXIP whose openers - Rahul and Gayle - were giving them good starts until last night when both succumbed to Yadav's short balls. The below chart is a telling picture. However, from the Kings XI Punjab side, none of them apart from KL Rahul and Aaron Finch contributed enough.

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