The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rose to the top of the table in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating the Mumbai Indians (MI) by 5 wickets on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Pat Cummins stunned everyone with his batting prowess by scoring the joint-fastest half-century in the IPL as KKR chased down the target of 162 with four overs to spare.
Chasing a target of 162, Kolkata Knight Riders lost Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket early after the right-handed batter was caught in the deep in the 5th over, off Tymal Mills’ bowling.
KKR lost skipper Shreyas Iyer’s wicket on the final delivery of the powerplay as Daniel Sams scalped his first wicket of the innings and KKR were 35-2 after 6 overs.
Sam Billings, who was the new batter at the crease, boosted the scoring rate after he clubbed a six each against Murugan Ashwin and Basil Thampi.
Venkatesh Iyer hit his first maximum of the innings but KKR lost Billings’ wicket after the right-hander holed out to long-off against Murugan Ashwin.
14 runs came off the 11th over as Nitish Rana sliced a six over third-man. However, the left-handed batter became Murugan Ashwin’s second victim after he was caught at deep mid-wicket.
Tymal Mills was back to bowl the 14th over and struck straightaway by scalping the crucial wicket of Andre Russell who miscued a pull shot and was caught by Brevis.
New batter Pat Cummins got underway in style with a six followed by a four against Mills. In the next over, Venkatesh Iyer completed his half-century while Cummins smashed his second six as KKR required 35 of the final five overs.
Pat Cummins changed the momentum within a span of one over with his striking abilities as well as ended up scoring the joint-fastest half-century in the IPL.
KKR hammered 35 runs off the 16th over and chased down the total with four overs to spare as Cummins clobbered four sixes and 2 fours against Daniel Sams.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians, who were put into bat first, made two changes – Dewald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav were named in the eleven.
Umesh Yadav continued his good run with the new ball as he found early success to dismiss MI skipper Rohit Sharma, who was caught by Sam Billings in the 3rd over.
MI debutant – Dewald Brevis began his innings confidently and scored two fours and a six as MI were 35-1 at the end of powerplay.
After dispatching a six against Varun Chakaravarthy, Brevis was stumped by Sam Billings off Chakaravarthy’s bowling, bringing an end to a brief but entertaining stay.
After a quiet couple of overs, Pat Cummins dismissed Kishan after the left-handed batter miscued a pull shot which was caught inside the circle.
Suryakumar Yadav accelerated from the 13th over after the right-handed batter smacked a four followed by an upper-cut for six against Umesh’s bowling.
With 5 overs to go, MI were 85-3 before 30 runs were conceded in the following two overs, with Tilak Varma doing the majority of hitting. The fifty partnership was up between Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma for the fourth wicket.
MI got into a great position with three overs to go as Suryakumar played a slog-sweep to smash a giant maximum followed by a four against Narine in the 18th over.
Both Suryakumar and Varma creamed a four each in the penultimate over against Andre Russell.
Suryakumar was caught behind for 52 but MI finished the innings in grand fashion after 3 sixes from Keiron Pollard guided MI to 161-4 in the first innings.
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 162-5 (Pat Cummins 56*, Venkatesh Iyer 50*; Murugan Ashwin 2-25) beat Mumbai Indians 161-4 (Suryakumar Yadav 52, Tilak Varma 38; Pat Cummins 2-49) by 5 wickets.