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IPL 2018: I stuck to my plans, says Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win.

“To have a clear plan is very important whenever you bowl. I plan and I back myself in whichever situation I’m bowling. I was just focusing on that and it was a good day, so it went well,” Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.

“We already knew he (Rahul) had been batting well throughout the tournament. In the bowlers’ meeting we usually talk about every player. We were bowling second and I had a chat with (bowling coach) Shane Bond and (mentor Lasith) Malinga that there would be dew,” said Bumrah, who produced a brilliant bowling display to take 3 for 15.

In the battle of death-over specialists, Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah pipped Kings XI Punjab’s Andrew Tye over the line at the Wankhede on Wednesday night.

Bumrah is known to mix his variations, peppering short stuff and the toe-length, keeping the batsmen guessing. Tye, on the other hand, has been a brilliant exponent of the knuckle ball, using this weapon early on in MI innings to remove three frontline batsmen cheaply – Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.

Though Tye finished with impressive 4/16 including the wicket of Hardik Pandya in the 19th over, it was Bumrah, who dismissed Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis in the 17th and the threatening KL Rahul in the 19th to seal the issue for Mumbai Indians and keep them afloat in the run for the play-offs.

Though Bumrah and Tye are completely different types of bowlers, they have been the bowling mainstays of their respective teams.

Twenty four-year-old Bumrah mixed his length, foxing the big-hitting Aaron Finch in the 17th over with one that was pulled back a bit. The Australian went with his stroke of sending the ball out of the planet but Bumrah’s cleverness saw Finch sky the ball so high that it gave Hardik Pandya enough time to cover a good distance from the mid-wicket fence to judge the catch well, terminating the 111-run second stand the Aussie shared with KL Rahul.

Three balls later, he bowled a short ball down the leg side to another Australian, Marcus Stoinis, whose attempt to hook only resulted in him gloving to wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan.

Before Bumrah arrived for the 17th over, KXIP were calculating well their run chase that they needed 42 in four overs with Rahul and Finch sure of seeing their team through.

But Bumrah had different plans. Bumrah’s final hurrah came when he deceived Rahul with a slower one and the Orange Cap holder, one hit away from a century, holed in straight to long-off fielder.

Bumrah has always been one who comes to bowl with a clear plan. How he bowls have already been planned with his team bowling coach Shane Bond and mentor Lasith Malinga.

Said Bumrah on Wednesday night if he or the team were scared when Rahul and Finch were going great guns. “I was not focussing on who was scared and who was not scared. I was just focusing on what I had to do. On a good day, when you have a clear plan, you are able to execute whatever you wanted. So it worked for me. On some days, it doesn’t work. So, I don’t look at what has happened before, what will happen in the future. My focus is always to have a clear plan, I plan and I back myself in whichever situation I’m bowling. I was just focusing on that and it was a good day so it went well,” said Bumrah, who finished with 3/15 to be accumulate 16 wickets for the tournament.

His opposite number Tye took one wicket more and gave one run extra than Bumrah in MI’s innings. Like Bumrah, he bowled the 17th and 19th overs, conceded only 11 runs in them for the wicket of Hardik. Asked what the secret for bowling in the death was, the 31-year-old Western Australian said: “I think it’s just got to be a bit of unpredictability. Being able to read the wicket and know what sort of batsman likes to hit where and stay away from those lines. I just try and not let the batsmen get too comfortable against you.

“I tend to bowl at the death so the batsmen are always trying to hit you. So, I know for a fact that I am going to pick up some lucky wickets here or there. That’s the nature of the game. Tonight (Wednesday), I was happy to be able to get three (wickets) upfront for the team and really try and get the boys back on track. But the fact is yeah, we didn’t win today and it wasn’t enough.”


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