IPL 2019: Mohammad Nabi hails Jasprit Bumrah as ‘best’ in death overs

IPL 2019: Mohammad Nabi Hails Jasprit Bumrah as the ‘Best’ in Death Overs

Mohammad Nabi, IPL 2019, Jasprit Bumrah
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Afghanistan senior all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who plies his trade for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), has lauded Mumbai Indians’ (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has been a treat to watch in the death overs. While being the nemesis for the batters at the death, Nabi heaps praise on Bumrah following SRH vs MI game on Thursday night.

In the match number 51, Bumrah bowled remarkably well at the death before finishing his quota of four overs. He has bagged two wickets to concede 31 runs before bagging a wicket of four deliveries he had bowled during a super over at the Wankhede Stadium.

Thus, he bagged the Man of the Match award for his supreme show. So far, Bumrah has bagged 15 wickets in 13 matches. He is seventh on the list of most wicket-takers for the IPL 2019. Kagiso Rabada has scalped 25 scalps in 12 matches to don the Purple Cap.

Batting first, Indians scored 162 for five before restricting visitors on the same score. However, in the super over, SRH has batted first to score eight, before Indians had chased down the target when Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were sent to bat.

Indians bowled well:

Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, IPL 2019, Mumbai Indians
Bumrah’s prime focus is fitness. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Nabi tried his best to score 31 off 20 balls, as Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 71 off 47 balls. However, when visitors required seven off the last ball before Pandey walloped the length over the cow corner for a six. Thus, the match got tied which led to the second super over of the IPL 2019 season.

“We tried to hit big ones, but they bowled brilliantly. The ball was reversing with Malinga and Bumrah. And they bowled brilliant yorkers as well. I thought we’ll go for the big hits but it’s not possible to hit yorkers for six. That’s why we took singles,” Nabi said during a press conference.

The duo added crucial 49-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Nabi returned to the pavilion.

“The thinking was hit one or two big shots, because the wicket was easy to play,” Nabi added.

Of late, Pandey’s resurgence has somewhat lent stability to the struggling middle-order. On similar lines, Nabi feels his position augurs well at the No. 3 spot. He added Pandey has been performing over the years to benefit the team in a nutshell.

“I think No. 3 is a good position for him. Over the last few games, he has consistently performed. It’s very good for the team as well because Bairstow and Warner have gone back home. Pandey has come and added strength,” Nabi conceded.

Nabi lavishes praise on Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah, IPL 2019, Mohammad Nabi
Bumrah has improved leaps and bounds. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

While praising Bumrah’s consistency, the off-spinner further maintained the youngster alongside Lasith Malinga has bowled superbly. He conceded they were difficult to get hit.

“Everyone knows Bumrah is the best in death overs. He bowled brilliantly in the last overs as well as the Super Over,” Nabi said.

Meanwhile, Indians have already qualified for the playoffs with SRH set to face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a must-win clash on May 4 in Bengaluru.

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