The 22-year-old from Jammu brought Sunrisers Hyderabad to the brink of victory with numbers of 5/25 before Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan carried out a raid on the Gujarat Titans by hitting four sixes in the final and winning the match by five wickets .
Though his efforts were lost, Umran was rightly named Player of the Match for his fiery fascination with fast bowling, one of the best in IPL history.
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“The idea was to bowl fast, maintain the length and plan the wickets. For example, I fired Hardik Bhai with a bouncer and shuffled (Wriddhiman) Saha and knocked him out with a Yorker,” Malik said after Wednesday night’s game.
“I tried to shuffle my bowling and aim for the wickets as it’s a small ground. Otherwise our bowling went well.”
When asked if he still wants to touch 155km/h, he said: “I just want to bowl in the right spots and good wickets and if I have to bowl over 155km/h, like that God willing, one day I will.”
Malik has consistently clocked over 90 mph throughout the season and won 15 wickets in eight games with a 15.93 average.
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Malik, only introduced to offense on the eighth over, bowled devastatingly fast deliveries to smash through the Gujarat Titans’ top order and became the first IPL bowler to take all the first five wickets of an innings.
He rattled off Shubman Gill’s stump for his first wicket before removing Hardik Pandya with a combination of pace and bounce.
Next, he produced a perfect Thunderbolt Yorker at 90 mph to smash the wickets of Wriddhiman Saha before cleaning up both David Miller and Abhinav Manohar to sign off with a five-for.
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