Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah displayed his class after being hit for a couple of boundaries when he bamboozled Shubman Gill with a beautiful slower delivery. Bumrah delivered the goods for his skipper once again as he provided the breakthrough in his first over of the day.
After being sent into bat first, MI got off to a great start but faltered in the middle-overs phase. The KKR bowlers were excellent, especially the spinners who kept the batsmen honest. They eventually put up a target of 155/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
In response, new opening pair for KKR, Gill and Venkatesh Iyer, got their team off to a blazing start. The duo cracked a six each off the first over bowled by Trent Boult. They continued their rampage, Iyer in particular, as the first two overs fetched 15 each.
Desperate for a wicket, Rohit Sharma brought in his trump card, Bumrah, into the attack. He erred in his first few deliveries before showcasing his wide array of variations. With pace not working on the track at Abu Dhabi, Bumrah turned to his trusted slower delivery.
He nailed one off-cutter right in the channel outside off and Gill was unable to pick it. The 22-year-old played all around the delivery as it took the inside edge and went crashing into the stumps. Gill was looking in ominous touch but was dismissed for 13.
The platform has been set for the rest of the KKR batsmen to chase down the target. The opening pair of Gill and Iyer, who had an 81-run stand in their previous game against RCB, once again put up a good start with their 40-run partnership in just three overs.