In IPL 2021, the Mumbai Indians (MI) have been one of the teams with a strong bowling attack. While their batting crumbled in the opening match of the UAE leg against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), their seamers nailed it for the team.
CSK were bowled out for 156 by Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, and Adam Milne, but their batting was a disappointment. The bowlers will be looking to build on their strong showing against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday (September 23).
We take a look at MI’s top three wicket-takers so far this season before of the crucial match.
1. With 11 wickets, Rahul Chahar is MI’s leading bowler.
In the middle overs, the tweaker has quickly established himself as MI’s trump card. Chahar has proven to be an important piece in the side’s playing XI, taking 11 wickets at an average of 20.26 and an economy of 7.00 in eight matches.
His earlier performance against KKR, in which he had his best bowling numbers in the IPL, will be fresh in his memory. KKR were chasing a 153-run goal when they came across Chahar, whose repeated strokes slowed down their pursuit.
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, and Eoin Morgan were all dismissed by the 22-year-old. He just gave up 27 runs in a 142-run victory over Kolkata.
2. Trent Boult has ten wickets so far
In the team’s first game back in the IPL, against CSK, the Kiwi fast was one of the most successful pacers.
Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina were among the wickets he took. With an economy of 8.50 and an average of 25.80, he is presently MI’s second-leading wicket-taker.
3.Bumrah, Jasprit | 8 wickets
In the first half of the IPL, Bumrah had a poor showing. In seven games, the MI pace spearhead only had six wickets to show for, with an economy rate of 7.11.