Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah managed to remove the dangerous Jos Buttler just a few deliveries after the Englishman had completed his second IPL century during their day game on Saturday.
Buttler ripped apart the inexperienced bowling attack of MI and helped himself to a 66-ball hundred. The knock was filled with 11 fours and five massive sixes, including one off Basil Thampi that crossed the 100-m mark.
Heading into the last two overs, things were looking bleak for MI with Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer going bonkers. Luckily for MI, they were able to rely on Bumrah to remove both set batters within the 19th over.
He first dismissed Hetmyer before landing the perfect yorker to Buttler. It was quite unplayable even for a set batter and it helped to end the damage that Buttler could have caused in the final over.
Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers by far on a batting surface. He ended with figures of 3/17 in four overs. It is the only positive sign for MI, especially considering he had an uncharacteristic off day in MI’s opening match against Delhi Capitals.
Buttler’s century was aided by two cameos from Sanju Samson and Hetmyer and RR was able to put up 193/8 on the board. It is a challenging total but considering the dimensions of the ground, MI will fancy chasing the total down.