Bumrah keeps his cool as Mumbai edge Super Over thriller


Jasprit Bumrah showcased his death bowling expertise in the Super Over as Mumbai Indians overcame Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League classic on Saturday.

Chasing 154 for victory, Mumbai were seemingly cruising at 82-1 and at 127-4 in the 17th there was little sign of the drama to come, before the visitors lost six wickets for 26 thanks largely to some remarkable fielding.

James Faulkner had already run out Jos Buttler and with Mumbai needing 12 from seven balls, direct hits from Irfan Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja left the visitors needing one from the final delivery.

Jadeja was unerring again, though, running out Krunal Pandya to rescue a tie, but those heroics proved in vain as Mumbai made 11 from their five balls in the Super Over - Faulkner having Kieron Pollard and Buttler caught in the deep after the West Indian had clubbed a four and a six.

Despite starting with a no-ball and then a wide in his first three deliveries, Bumrah's searing yorkers were too good for Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch, who could only manage six as Mumbai moved level with Kolkata Knight Riders at the top of the table.

Earlier, teenage opener Ishan Kishan's 48 from 35 balls underpinned Gujarat's 153-9, Pandya's 3-14 doing the most damage as Mumbai kept their hosts to a manageable total.

Parthiv Patel struck nine fours and a six in his 44-ball 70 to set the platform for Mumbai's chase, but his good work was in danger of being undone as the lower order cracked under the immense pressure of Gujarat's superb fielding.

After Pathan's direct hit accounted for Mitchell McClenaghan from the last ball of the 19th over, Mumbai needed 11 from the final set of six. Pandya hit the first ball over the ropes, but Jadeja twice swooped with accurate throws from the infield to set up a Super Over, where Bumrah came to the fore.