We Were Facing One Of Best Death Bowlers – Martin Guptill On Jasprit Bumrah
Not many teams have cracked the code to score freely against Jasprit Bumrah, who has been christened as one of the best death bowlers in the shortest format of the game and New Zealand is also seeking the answers. After the first T20I, New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor had mentioned that Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best death bowlers going around.
Echoing the same thoughts as his teammate, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill said the same thing after hosts lost the second match by seven wickets at the same venue of Eden Park. The Kiwis once again found themselves at sea while facing Jasprit Bumrah in the second game. Bumrah didn’t give an inch to the hosts and he was right on the money once again.
Bumrah is hard to score against.
The gun pacer conceded only 21 runs in his quota of four overs and scalped the wicket of Ross Taylor. Bumrah bowled nine dots in his spell as he once again breathed down the neck of the hosts’ batters.
Guptill believes it is difficult to get away Bumrah as he is deadly accurate. The New Zealand opening batsman said, “Lots of swing and misses. We were trying but we were facing one of the best death bowlers in the world (Jasprit Bumrah). It is tough to get him away at the end.”
On the other hand, New Zealand could only post 132 runs after electing to bat first. Guptill added they knew they had posted an under-par score and needed to take wickets all the way to stay in the contest. The hosts got two early wickets but could not go past KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer before all the damage was done.
“We probably knew we were light on runs. But we had to try and defend that, and get early wickets upfront. Thought the bowlers did well in the front six overs, we needed more wickets after Virat got out. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul batted very well and we were not able to break that partnership,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rahul continued his purple patch as he scored back to back fifties. Furthermore, Shreyas Iyer scored 44 from 33 balls and both of them added 86 runs for the third wicket. Guptill believes India once again out-batted them in the second match.
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“They played very well, as hard as they did the other night. They built partnerships to put pressure on us. We were not able to do that and got out-batted tonight. India has got some great players and match winners. It is hard for the boys to go out there and try their best. Sometimes you come up short,” Guptill further added.
India will take on New Zealand in the third T20I at Hamilton on 29th January.
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