Wow!! Pat Cummins was the best hitter in the game. The man arrived in India after playing Test matches in Pakistan and casually smashed six sixes and four fours during his record-breaking innings to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chase down 162 with four overs to spare against Mumbai Indians. In the process, he also set a new record for the fastest fifty in Indian Premier League history (IPL).
To begin with, the chase of 162 runs appeared to be a simple one for KKR. But MI’s new ball bowlers got off to a good start, keeping Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer on edge. The pressure got to Rahane, who was scalped by Tymal Mills, and Shreyas Iyer, who was once again undone by a bouncer. At the end of the powerplay, KKR were 35/2, and opener Iyer somehow kept going and found his stride midway through the innings.
Sam Billings joined him in the middle for a 32-run stand, but Murugan Ashwin nipped him and Nitish Rana out in the 12th over to make it 83/4. Andre Russell began his innings with a marauding six off Murugan Ashwin, but Tymal Mills’ short ball ended his session.
MI had the upper hand now, but they had no idea that Pat Cummins would come out and destroy records like nothing else. Cummins batted in the 14th over of the game, and the game finished with four overs remaining. Since then, the Australian has scored all of the runs, slamming four fours and six sixes to become the joint quickest in IPL history.
MI was stunned by the assault, but they had no choice but to enjoy the hitting as they lost for the third game in a row.
“I’m most surprised by that innings” – Pat Cummins after smashing joint-fastest IPL fifty vs MI
Pat Cummins led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their third IPL 2022 victory, defeating Mumbai Indians (MI) by five wickets on Wednesday.
When Pat Cummins came out to bat after Andre Russell was out, the game shifted in Mumbai’s advantage. While many believed that Mumbai had done the majority of the job, Australia’s Test skipper had a different opinion.
Pat Cummins executed the counter-attack flawlessly, smashing four boundaries and six huge sixes to secure the tie with four overs to spare. His cameo of 56 runs in only 15 balls stunned everyone, including the batter. In the process, the 28-year-old cricketer equaled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest 50 (14 balls) in IPL history.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Cummins said:
“I probably think I’m most surprised by that innings. I’m glad that it came off. I was thinking of having a swing if it was in my area. Wasn’t trying to overthink it. Very satisfying to do it on my first game this season. Was just trying to pepper the shorter boundary.”
Cummins didn’t even spare Jasprit Bumrah, arguably the best T20 pacer in the business. He helped his side get over the line in a chase to 162 runs with 24 balls to spare.
While Pat Cummins led the charge, Venkatesh Iyer also played a crucial hand, holding the innings from one end. The all-rounder contributed 50 off 41 balls, decorated with six boundaries and one six.
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