Andrew Tye has stunned fans with a remarkable piece of skill in the IPL.
The Australian fast bowler took 4-16 as his Kings XI Punjab suffered a three-run defeat to Ben Cutting’s Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
Tye raised his IPL-leading wickets tally to 24, becoming the first bowler in the competition’s history to snare three four-wicket hauls in one season.
And he had fans in awe with his trademark ‘knuckle ball’ to dismiss Mumbai opener Evin Lewis.
As you can see in the video above, Tye held the ball with two fingers bent down so his knuckles were resting on the seam.
The result was an unplayable in-swinger that smashed the top of Lewis’ off-stump, uprooting it from the ground.
Tye has made the knuckle ball his own since bursting onto the T20 scene, but fans are still gobsmacked by it.
Terrific knuckle ball from Andrew Tye to clean up Evin Lewis' stumps in that over.
— Circle of Sports (@CircleofSports1) May 16, 2018
Andrew Tye dished out the knuckle ball off his very first ball to get rid of Evin Lewis. The impeccable control he has over the ball is remarkable given how difficult it is to bowl the delivery. #IPL2018 #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/hy3az0NKpH
— CricXtasy (@CricXtasy) May 16, 2018
Fantastic bowling performance by Andrew Tye, he made the knuckle ball famous in vivo ipl & tonight KL will play as the one man's army for KXIP and will snatch the victory from MI back to the King's Den..#IPL2018 #kentcricketlive#MIvKXIP #KXIP#MumbaiIndians
— Suman Sekhar Sarangi (@sumanssarangi) May 16, 2018
Andrew Tye's knuckle balls were too hot to handle for #MI's batsmen but Pollard stood tall on his comeback to slam a fifty!#KXIP have to chase this down on a flat deck at the Wankhede but it won't be an easy ride for the visiting batting lineup!#VivoIPL #MIvKXIP https://t.co/GZRlIBS6AJ
— CEAT Cricket Rating (@CEAT_CCR) May 16, 2018
What is the difference between Shradul Thakur's knuckle ball and Andrew Tye's knuckle ball?
Because I have seen Thakur's knuckle ball hit for six many times. #SelectDugout
— (@IMMANUELJEROMD1) May 16, 2018
— Abhishek (@Abhi4596) May 16, 2018
Lokesh Rahul’s sixth half century nearly ended Mumbai’s run before fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3-15) turned the match on its head in his return spell and restricted Punjab to 5-183.
Needing 38 off the last three overs, Punjab took 15 runs off Cutting’s 18th over as Rahul (94 off 60 balls) smashed three consecutive boundaries off the Australian seamer.
But Bumrah bowled a superb 19th over as he outfoxed Rahul with a slower delivery and the Punjab opener holed out at long-off after hitting 10 fours and three sixes.
Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan then kept his nerve in the last over and despite conceding 13 runs, the left-arm seamer ensured Mumbai climbed to fourth in the table with 12 points.
Mumbai will take on Delhi Daredevils in its last league match while Punjab will be up against Chennai Super Kings, who have already qualified for the playoffs along with Sunrisers Hyderabad.