Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians bowling coach was surprised and elated with the exceptional bowling performance by pacers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah who showed no mercy as they thrashed Chennai Super Kings.
Trent Boult has been a key member in the bowling unit of Mumbai Indians, and the New Zealand bowler wreaked havoc on Friday scalping four wickets against CSK. In comparison, Jasprit Bumrah picked two wickets as CSK were four wickets down for three runs only at one stage and looking poised to score an all-time low before Sam Curran’s 52 enabled them to cross 100 runs.
Shane Bond Praises Pacers For Almost Perfect Performance Which Was Never Seen By Him In A T20 Game
Trent Boult started the attack in the very first over itself, and Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc in the second over with CSK getting reduced to 3/3 inside two overs. Both of them derailed the top-half of the Chennai innings before the completion of the powerplay.
Trent Boult picked three wickets, and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets in the powerplay itself. Trent Boult returned with figures of 4/18 as baring Sam Curran’s 52, and no other player could score more than 20 as six players registered single-digit scores. Shane Bond said that a combination of the pacers were phenomenal.
“Almost the perfect performance, you’d say. 4for 5 off 3 overs. I have never seen that scoreboard in a T20 game. It wasn’t a combination of Trent and Bumrah wasn’t it, tonight,” said Bond in a video posted on Mumbai Indians’ Twitter.
“The quality of bowling particularly in the first 4 overs was exceptional and we’d almost iced the game. After such a short period of time. So lucky to have 2 world-class opening bowlers in our team and to see them in full flow tonight was extremely exciting,” he added.
The former New Zealand cricketer Shane Bond said he has never seen such type of scorecard especially in a T20 game and added that the team is lucky to have players of calibre like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah in the bowling unit. Shane Bond said MI were lucky to have two world-class new ball pacers in a team who were in full flow.
Shane Bond: Ishan Kishan Was Hitting The Ball Exceptionally Well In Training And Looked In Sublime Touch
Ishan Kishan, who was promoted as an opener in place of regular skipper Rohit Sharma who was injured then smashed his fifth IPL half-century while Quinton De Kock slammed 46 runs off 37 balls to hand Mumbai Indians an easy 10-wicket victory. This was the first-time CSK ever lost an IPL match by 10 wickets. Ishan Kishan now averages 43.5 in IPL 2020 amassing 261 runs in only eight games including a score of 99.
“I thought he (Ishan) was exceptional. He’s been hitting the ball exceptionally cleanly in training for the last 3 weeks and has looked in great touch. He looked in sublime touch. That partnership (De Kock and Ishan) for us it was as good as it gets. To win, with 13 overs, none down, brilliant performance from those two,” said Bond.
Shane Bond credited Ishan Kishan for sublime touch with the bat. He also credited the partnership between Quinton De Kock and Ishan Kishan which was unbroken as MI chased down the target with more than 7 overs remaining.
With this win, Mumbai Indians regained the top spot in the points table with 14 points from 10 games. They will next face Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. CSK though remain at the bottom and are out of contention for playoffs with six points but will play next RCB on the same day, 25th October.