Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Pat Cummins made a mockery of a 162-run goal with a thunderous assault at Pune’s MCA Stadium as Mumbai Indians slipped to their third defeat on the trot. Cummins bludgeoned six sixes and 4 fours to succeed in his fifty in a blink of an eye fixed, fairly actually.

He entered on the fall of Andre Russell’s wicket, with KKR nonetheless 61 away from the goal. In a carnage of an innings that adopted, he took off so quick that the sport was over earlier than anybody’s realisation. Cummins introduced up his half-century in merely 14 balls to equal KL Rahul’s document, and stood unbeaten on a 15-ball 56, as many as 35 of which he picked off in a single over of a hapless Daniel Sams, who earned himself an undesirable document of delivering the second-most costly over in IPL historical past, which went 6, 4, 6, 6, 2 (no-ball), 4, 6.

Cummins’ belief-defying innings meant KKR romped house with a whopping 4 overs and 5 wickets to spare. His superlative effort apart, some credit score was due additionally to Venkatesh Iyer, who was diminished to a bystander upon the Cummins’ arrival. Nonetheless, earlier than that, Iyer performed his half and scored a half-century of his personal, a 41-ball 50, throughout which he strung partnerships with every KKR batter who batted on the evening.

After the Cummins present, it will not be prison to overlook there was one other half of the innings. It was the half the place Mumbai Indians set 161/4 on the again of a 36-ball 52 from Suryakumar Yadav and an unbeaten 27-ball 38 from Tilak Varma.

Varma’s useful knock was overshadowed by Yadav, though it was because of this duo’s 83-run stand for the fourth wicket, and Kieron Pollard’s 22 off merely 5, that Mumbai managed to breach the 160-run mark, which appeared distant till as late because the seventeenth over. No matter they received was not sufficient, because of that monster.

Dropping skipper Rohit Sharma

By no means anticipated him to return and play like that [on Cummins]. Lot of credit score. The pitch received higher and higher to bat as the sport went on. It was holding up initially. General it was a great pitch. With the bat we didn’t begin nicely, within the final 4-5 overs to get 70+ was an amazing effort from the batting unit. We didn’t bowl in line with the plan. We had the sport until the fifteenth over, however then Cummins was good. Every time you will have runs on the board, we all the time have the higher hand, We had them 5-down, it was only a matter of the wicket of Venky or Pat, that they had Sunil who may smash them. This will likely be onerous to digest, the way in which it turned out in the previous couple of overs. We now have a number of onerous work forward of us. I don’t need to be on this place on a regular basis [frustrated smile on being pointed out that MI have been in this position before at the start of an IPL season].

Successful skipper Shreyas Iyer

Extraordinary! I couldn’t consider the way in which he (Cummins) was hitting the ball. As a result of yesterday within the nets, he was getting bowled every now and then, I used to be batting within the nets beside him then. Through the timeout, the plan was for Venky to drop anchor and inform Pat to simply swing at the whole lot as a result of that’s what he was doing earlier than too. Once I went into bat, I instructed him to simply time the ball as a result of he was overhitting the ball a bit. We now have to take accountability as high order batters. All of us have the flexibility to hit the ball lengthy. Within the powerplay each innings, the pitch was fairly the identical. After the powerplay, it received quite a bit simpler I assume.

Participant of the Match Pat Cummins

I in all probability suppose I’m most stunned by that innings. I’m glad that it got here off. I used to be pondering of getting a swing if it was in my space. Wasn’t making an attempt to overthink it. Very satisfying to do it on my first recreation this season. Was simply making an attempt to pepper the shorter boundary. The onerous factor after a giant public sale is that there are a number of adjustments from final 12 months. It’s a great mixture of expertise on the market and fairly relaxed with the boys.

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