Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 14th Match (N), Pune, April 06, 2022, Indian Premier League
Match Result: KKR won by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Pat Cummins
Match Report: Commentators criticized Cummins’ selection in the team when the squad was announced, saying that replacing Southee with him was a mistake. For the most part, it looked like the commentators were right. Pat got hit for too many runs, being the most expensive of all the bowlers. Well, of course, there were 21 other players involved so let’s talk about them. Suryakumar Yadav scored a fifty for Mumbai Indians and made sure the ship sailed smoothly. MI were in big trouble when Ishan Kishan lost his wicket.\
Did Pat Cummins bat on the same pitch as rest of these guys? He was on another level, the way he was hitting boundaries, it felt like a joke. Everyone else struggled, players after the first innings said that the pitch is slow, ball is sticking, and then Cummins announces himself. He has hit the joint-fastest fifty in IPL, coming off 14 balls. KL Rahul had done this back in 2018 for Punjab Kings. A match which was evenly balanced after 14 overs changed drastically in the next two. In fact, at the end of 16th over, the match finished.
The run rate was too slow. But the youngster Tilak Varma played a great supporting role along with SKY. In reply, KKR lost an early wicket. But Venkatesh Iyer stood firm from one end. When Andre Russell was out, things were in favor of Mumbai Indians. However, Cummins walked in and went after Bumrah. In the next over, he went after Daniel Sams, scoring 35 runs off the over. Mumbai Indians have lost all of their three opening matches, just like CSK. The road ahead looks tough for them.
Shreyas Iyer: Extraordinary! I couldn’t believe the way he (Cummins) was hitting the ball. Because yesterday in the nets, he was getting bowled now and then, I was batting in the nets beside him then. During the timeout, the plan was for Venky to drop anchor and tell Pat to just swing at everything because that’s what he was doing before too. When I went into bat, I told him to just time the ball because he was overhitting the ball a bit. We have to take responsibility as top order batters. All of us have the ability to hit the ball long. In the powerplay both innings, the pitch was quite the same. After the powerplay, it got a lot easier I guess.
Rohit Sharma: Never expected him to come and play like that [on Cummins]. Lot of credit. The pitch got better and better to bat as the game went on. It was holding up initially. Overall it was a good pitch. With the bat we did not start well, in the last 4-5 overs to get 70+ was a great effort from the batting unit. We did not bowl according to the plan. We had the game till the 15th over, but then Cummins was brilliant. Whenever you have runs on the board, we always have the upper hand, We had them 5-down, it was just a matter of the wicket of Venky or Pat, they had Sunil who could smash them.
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