IPL 2021: Bumrah one of the best death bowlers in cricket - Boult

Jasprit Bumrah was the standout performer with the ball for Mumbai Indians in its 13-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Jasprit Bumrah appeals for a wicket during the IPL contest on Saturday. - BCCI/IPL

Trent Boult praised Jasprit Bumrah after the Indian fast bowler handed Mumbai Indians a 13-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium. Bumrah conceded only 14 runs in his four overs and took one wicket as MI bowled SRH out for 137.

“It’s great to see a guy (Bumrah) like that operate. How clear he is with what he is doing with the ball throughout his whole spell,” Boult said after the contest.

The dynamic duo of Boult and Bumrah have combined fabulously in the MI set up. The two churned out sensational performance in the last edition to help their side win an unprecedented fifth title. “But at the death, I personally believe, he is one of the best death bowlers in the world. He makes my job a heck of a lot easier,” he added.

“It is always nice being on the right side of those situations. Hopefully, we can get a bit of momentum into this tournament.”

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Rahul Chahar (3 for 19) and Boult (3 for 28) were the other chief contributors with the ball for Mumbai Indians. Boult said it was a team effort. “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 were important when we were bowling. And then Bumrah there, bowling his four overs for only 14 was pretty amazing,” he added.

Mumbai has managed to defend sub-par scores in the previous two games and Boult feels accuracy is vital while bowling at the Chepauk.

“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.”

MI is slated to play its first five matches here before moving to Delhi.

“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, four 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 it's nice to get those couple of wins in the last two matches,” he said.