Trent Boult was outstanding against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah as he bagged the best bowling figures of IPL 2020. Trent Boult, who shares the new ball, once again did so and was the architect of Chennai Super Kings’ batting collapse from the outset. The left-arm seamer conceded that it all comes down to accuracy as the wickets are becoming slower and drier.
Trent Boult began by delivering the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad, a young Indian domestic batsman, who replaced Shane Watson at the top. The New Zealand swing bowler went on to dismiss Faf Du Plessis, who chased a wide delivery only to edge the ball behind the stumps. In the final over of the powerplay, he removed Ravindra Jadeja and finally Sam Curran with a perfect yorker. Curran was the only bright spot in a dismal showing by the yellow army, having scored a fifty to help his side to 114.
Nevertheless, Ishan Kishan and Quinton De Kock shut out any hopes of a fairytale comeback from Chennai Super Kings. Ishan Kishan, who opened the innings in the absence of Rohit Sharma, finished with an unbeaten 68, laced with six fours and five sixes. On the other hand, De Kock remained not out at 46 to take Mumbai Indians home within 12.2 overs. It also lifted the defending champions to the top of the points table.
“The wickets are becoming a lot slower and lot drier” : Trent Boult
Trent Boult highlighted feeling delighted to be part of Mumbai Indians and performing against some of the best players. Having finished with eye-catching figures of 4-1-18-4, the 31-year old addressed that it was all natural stuff with little assistance off the pitch. Boult added that the wickets are gradually becoming drier and slower and accuracy would be the key.
“New franchise, different personnel, it’s been exciting to be out there playing [in this global situation]. I think it was all pretty natural stuff, pitch the ball up, was nice to get some assistance. I’ve been lucky to get the first over so if it’s going to swing, it’s going to be up front. The wickets are becoming a lot slower and lot drier. I think it just comes down to accuracy,” Boult told in the post-match presentation.