MI vs KKR: knew Jasprit Bumrah was the right bowler to fight Andre Russell, says Rohit Sharma

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IPL 2020, MI vs KKR: Jasprit Bumrah was responsible for Andre Russell’s essential resignation.© BCCI / IPL


Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma called fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah the “go to guy” against a destructive batsman like Andre Russell, after winning by an eight-wicket margin against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Bumrah made an early return to the pavilion for the West Indies all-rounder, with the cricketer scoring just 12 runs on nine deliveries. The Indian pacemaker rattled Russell with a sharp, well-aimed bumper that left him unable to negotiate the delivery. After a deflection, the ball threw high into the short third-man area, with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock completing the flyout. MI’s triumph in match 32 of the ongoing IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi has propelled them to the top of the points table.

“Krunal and Rahul bowled to Russell too, I took a chance with the ball grabbing and spinning, but I knew Bumrah was the go-to man against him,” Rohit said during the post-game conference when he took his strategy. squad against the Windies cricketer. .

The MI skipper also praised co-opener Quinton de Kock, who beat an unbeaten 78 runs from 44 deliveries in an innings consisting of nine boundaries and three sixes. De Kock’s innings made the chase all the more comfortable for the Mumbai-based franchise which got a target of 149.

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“I prefer to hit with him, he’s very straightforward, likes to record the bowler from the start – but I usually like to assess the situation. Let him play like him. want, don’t want to pressure him, ”Rohit added.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a total of 148 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs, after skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to hit. All-rounder Pat Cummins scored his first half-century in the tournament, with 53 runs from 36 deliveries with five borders and two sixes. Spinner Rahul Chahar was the bowlers’ choice for MI, good for two wickets.

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