Records tumbled like a house of cards in front of a scorching fireball as Pat Cummins went ballistic with the blade in his hands, dealing the third consecutive defeat for the Mumbai Indians. On a surface that was deemed very unpredictable right from the word go, made no difference whatsoever for the big-hitting Australian, as he wasn’t just striking the ball, he was launching them.
With a target of 162 on the cards, the Mumbai bowlers bowled out a handful of absolute peaches, leaving KKR struck in a blue funk. An aggressive Venkatesh Iyer toned down his salvo to keep the momentum going as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end.
When Nitish Rana fell to Murugan Ashwin, KKR was staring at a deep dive with the scorecard reading 83 for 4. Russell came out late to the party but he was not willing to stand in there and hold back. He banged a six and a four in his decorated sojourn at the crease before Tymal Mills got the big fish.
As Russell departed, KKR needed 61 runs from 41 balls and Venkatesh Iyer was the solitary recognized batter in the middle. Mumbai had a feeling that they had already bagged the game with the surface doing its own trick. Only if they knew that this was the beginning of Mumbai’s end in the match.
Out next was Australian fast bowler, Pat Cummins who had a forgettable day in the field with the cherry in his arms. All it took him was just two balls to insinuate an imminent tempest, as he launched Tymal Mills over the square leg fielder for his opening maximum.
He finished the over with another solid crunch that would see the ball racing to the ropes faster than Ravi Shastri’s celebrated tracer bullet. If Tymal Mills was the first victim to incur Cummins’ wrath, Mumbai’s ace fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah was the next in the queue. Cummins played a couple of ecstatic strokes to ravage the Mumbai fast bowler.
This was just the beginning of an insanely crazy display as the following over from Daniel Sams saw his national comrade whacking him for a staggering 35 runs, that sealed the fate of the tie for the Kolkata Knight Riders, sending them hammer and tongs to the top of the points table with an emphatic improvement of their already high NRR.
Twitter went berserk as Pat Cummins put up a show for the lifetime, eclipsing whatever else the other batters had to offer in tonight’s game.
What an entry to the #TATAIPL2022 #PatCummins gosh!!!! 6 4 6 6 4 6
56(15) Monster hitting 💯
— Priyansh Jain (@iPriyanshJain) April 6, 2022Advertisement
@patcummins30 I want to dance like Andre & hug u like the whole team did. Wow well done @KKRiders and what else is there to say!!!…’PAT’ DIYE CHAKKE!!!Advertisement
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 6, 2022
Moonh se nivala cheen liya ,, sorry vada pav cheen liya.
Pat Cummins, one of the most insane display of clean hitting , 15 ball 56 …
Jeera Batti #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/Npi2TybgP9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 6, 2022Advertisement
Pat Cummins came when KKR need 62 runs from 41 balls and then smashed 56*(15) – wins it for the team with 4 overs left in the match. pic.twitter.com/b2I76ggItFAdvertisement
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 6, 2022
One of the cleanest exhibition of hitting one will ever see. Pat Cummins making world class Mumbai bowlers look like club bowlers. Joint fastest IPL 50, take a bow 🙏🏼 #MIvKKR pic.twitter.com/d9C3K5BqwT
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) April 6, 2022Advertisement
Shahrukh Khan to Pat Cummins pic.twitter.com/4TUyv3JDtWAdvertisement
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 6, 2022
Pat Cummins has reduced @mipaltan bowling to no more than club-level tonight! What a brilliant game for him and @KKRiders #KKRvMI
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 6, 2022Advertisement
Pat Cummins Created History – He Scored Joint Fastest Fifty in the history of IPL. He scored 50* runs from 14 balls. pic.twitter.com/EM7WmO5VAfAdvertisement
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) April 6, 2022
Patty 💥 #KKRvMI #KKRHaiTaiyaar
Fastest 50 by Pat Cummins pic.twitter.com/5xK0h3v4W6
— Cric kid (@ritvik5_) April 6, 2022Advertisement
so, pat cummins is not only a good looking bloke, he’s the best bowler in the world, makes english cricketers look silly and NOW hits 14 ball 50’s…Advertisement
life isn’t fair #IPL2022
— Dan (@danjadz_) April 6, 2022Advertisement
Pat Cummins showing his class as a valuable cricketer AGAIN !Advertisement
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 6, 2022