Trent Boult heaps high praises on bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah as both the pacers squeezed the Sunrisers Hyderabad lower order, on Saturday, conceding only 17 runs in the last 4 overs defending 151 in Chennai. Bumrah returned with astonishing figures of 1/14; he gave away just 5 runs in the two powerplays overs that he bowled despite the onslaught of Jonny Bairstow.
Trent Boult hails Bumrah as “one of the best bowlers in the death overs” as the Indian spearhead returned in the 17th and 19th over and conceded only 9 runs combined, picking up the wicket of Vijay Shankar, SRH’s last hope to chase the target. The Kiwi seamer, too, picked 3 wickets in the death to redeem himself after being taken to the cleaner by Bairstow.
“It’s great to see a guy like that operate. How clear he is with what he is doing with the ball throughout the whole spell. But at the death, I personally believe he is one of the best bowlers in the death overs. He makes my job a lot easier but it’s nice to be on the right side of those situations and hopefully, we can get a bit of momentum in the tournament,” Trent Boult said at the post-match press conference.
“It’s hard to pin-point one performance there. A lot of credit to the whole side for hanging in there. We knew we were a few runs short of the par score. But we also knew that this is a pitch where you can fight. And you get a couple of wickets, you can really get back in the chase.
“I thought a couple of direct hits from Hardik (Pandya) and the three wickets from Rahul (Chahar) were important when we were bowling. And then Bumrah there, bowling his four overs for only 14 was pretty amazing,” he added.
The contrast between Wankhede and Chepauk Stadium is quite considerable: Trent Boult
The 31-year-old spoke about the difference in the pitch at Mumbai home ground, Wankhede and the Chepauk. Mumbai Indians have two more matches to play in Chennai and then will move to Delhi, where traditionally a similarly low scoring pitch awaits, for 4 matches. Trent Boult is delighted by the fact that his side has won their last couple of games, and now sit atop the points table.
“The contrast between Wankhede and Chepauk Stadium is quite considerable. It looks like its swinging around nicely and it’s a perfect surface in Mumbai. Here as a pace bowler, you got to be extremely accurate. Key has really been our ability to bowl dot balls and keep pushing the run rate.
“I think it’s very unique. It gives us a chance to settle at the venue. But the key would be to obviously read the conditions quickly as possible and make the most of them really. So, it’s a unique situation.
“We’ve got five here, 4 in Delhi, move around a little bit. But, I think especially in the first half of the tournament you obviously get on the right side of a couple of results and like I touched on earlier, it’s nice to get those couple of wins in the last two matches,” the New Zealand seamer asserted.