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Mumbai Indians lucky to have Jasprit Bumrah: Virat Kohli

Bumrareturned with the figures of 3/20 in the high-scoring encounter to lead his team to victory.

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah
Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: IANS)

Speculation was rife that Jasprit Bumrah might miss the game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after hurting his shoulder in the game against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Sunday. However, the 25-year-old returned to play and made a powerful impact on the game to end up as the Man of the Match. Bumrah picked three wickets for his team Mumbai Indians (MI), including that of RCB captain Virat Kohli, which proved to be crucial at the end.

MI won the game by just six runs even though the victory was marred by a massive umpiring blunder in the final ball of the contest.

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Bumrah, who had an ordinary game against the DC in which he went for runs and picked just one wicket, executed things brilliantly in the death overs to put check on the RCB’s spirited chase of a competitive total of 188. Even the great Kohli (46 off 32 balls) conceded that he made a mistake by trying to take Bumrah on at that stage.

If Jassi is in good form, it is good for India

“I got out at a wrong point of time. I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India,” Kohli was quoted as saying by India Today. Undoubtedly, Kohli was looking forward to captaining a team which has Bumrah during the ICC World Cup.

Kohli also said in the post-match presentation that the MI were left off after being reduced to 147 for 7 but Hardik Pandya’s cameo (32 not out off 14) towards the end saw the visitors running away to score 187 for 8 in their 20 overs. He credited the MI bowlers for the way they bowled in the death overs compared to those in his team. “I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game. The onus is always on each and every member of the team,” he said.

The game was though marred by umpire S Ravi’s goof-up in the last ball of the RCB innings when he missed a huge no-ball from Lasith Malinga. The home team needed seven runs off the last ball and had that ball been called invalid, the outcome could have been completely different as the dashing AB de Villiers (70 not out off 41 balls) would be on strike.

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