Man of the Match:
Pat Cummins: – 56*(15) and 2/49.
Pat Cummins Showed his class with the bat in the match number 14 of Tata IPL 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in his first match for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 15th season and he was awarded the player of the match against Mumbai Indians (MI) for his match winning knock of 56* in 15 balls with bat and crucial two wickets of inform Ishan Kishan in the last ball of 11th over and dangerous looking set batter “Indian 360 degree” Suryakumar Yadav in the first ball of 20th over.
Cummins writes record equaling fastest IPL half-century:
But he made this match memorable for him and all cricket lovers with a fantastic half century with just 14 balls, equaling the record with K L Rahul, ended up his innings with 56* with a strike rate of 373.33 which make Kolkata win over Mumbai with 5 wickets and 24 balls to spare. Due to this big margin win KKR are the table topper with Six points in Four matches with a healthy net run rate of 1.102. His 35 runs against country Daniel Sams was also the third highest runs being gained in a over in IPL.
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“I probably think I’m most surprised by that innings.” The Australian Test skipper revealed in the post-match ceremony. “I’ glad that it came off, I was just thinking of having a swing if it was in my area.”
Mumbai went into the game with strong hand:
Before the match, the statistics was against KKR as they only managed to win 7 matches whereas MI had tasted victory in 22 games in this rivalry. In their last 13 encounter the Rohit Sharma’s Paltan defeated the Men in Purple for 11 times.
Now in this match Mumbai Indians puts a decent total of 161. After very slow start and early departure of skipper Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan played a cautionary innings. Two young players, Tilak Verma and ‘Baby AB’ Dewald Brevis played decent knock and special thanks to Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard to getting the crucial 76 runs in last 5 over.
Now KKR found themselves in trouble chasing the runs. Venkatesh Iyer is on the one end scoring hard fought runs and in the other end Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Andre Russel threw their wickets and making the chase tougher for their team.
Venkatesh Iyer laid the platform for Cummins firecrackers:
Though Sam Billings played a good knock, a rash shot against Leg spinner Murugan Ashwin cost his wicket. When Andre Russel got out, the score was 101 runs for Five wickets. KKR needed 61 runs in 41 balls. Clearly MI felt the smell of their first Win in the Tata IPL 2022 but Pat Cummins has other ideas.
In a surface where every batter failed to time the ball properly, he did so with ease. The sixth wicket Partnership of 61 runs between Venkatesh Iyer and Pat Cummins ended the match for KKR. In this Partnership the main contributor was Pat Cummins who smashed the ball so cleanly and effortlessly around the ground from third man to Long off.
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A entertaining show of 15 balls of skillful batting and timing:
He displayed his power hitting and batting skill to such a way that looked like batting was so easy here whereas his partner made half century with 41 balls. The 15 ball 56 runs were scored like 1,6,4,0,0,6,4,1,6,4,6,6,2,4,6. (Six Sixes and Four Fours)
Generally, these kinds of innings expected from a Caribbean Giant or some quality top order batsman but Pat Cummins stole the win from MI’s jaw by his brilliant knock and making KKR a great balanced side with lots of strength in lower middle order. After this type of threatening innings played by him, KKR looked more dangerous side and should qualify for playoffs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders will now move to Brabourne Stadium for their fifth game against Delhi Capitals on 10th April.