Rajkot: Jasprit Bumrah produced one of the finest death overs in the history of Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians nearly committed harakiri before edging out Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Super Over finish.
Defending 11 runs, Bumrah bowled a no-ball and wide in his first three deliveries but displayed brilliant variations of slower deliveries including a few in the blockhole as Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum could manage only six runs. Each of his deliveries were unplayable proving why he is an asset for the Indian team in limited overs format.
"Very good birthday present, great game of cricket. Never been part of Super Over, that's something we have learnt as well," Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said at the post. match presentation ceremony.
Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina too was all praise for Bumrah. "Very exciting game. Bumrah bowled a very good over. With that reverse swing and accuracy, you can't do much. The wicket was pretty slow and we tried hard," Raina said.
Earlier, chasing a modest target of 154, Mumbai Indians were cruising along at 104 for 2 in 13 overs and then 127 for 4 in 16 overs. An inspired spell by James Faulkner (2/34) and Basil Thampi (3/29) coupled with Ravindra Jadeja's brilliance in the field saw Mumbai Indians nearly pull off a defeat from the jaws of victory.
There were four run-outs including three in the last seven balls as Mumbai Indians were all-out for 153 off the final ball.
The One Over Eliminator saw Mumbai Indians score 11 with Kieron Pollard hitting Faulkner for a boundary and a six. Then, Bumrah defended these 11 runs with a brilliant Super Over, thus ensuring a thrilling win for his team.
The seventh win took Mumbai to 14 points and on par with Kolkata Knight Riders. One more victory from the remaining five games will seal their spot in the last four.
For Gujarat Lions, the sixth defeat in nine matches further diminished their chances of qualifying for the next stage.