Pat Cummins stole Suryakumar Yadav’s thunder during a night of comeback players to lead Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a five-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of MI, must be perplexed about what went wrong after he played for the majority of the game to secure his first victory in this IPL. The captain came up with a strategy to get MI West Indies out of the game affordably while also stopping the deadly KKR player Andre Russell. Few, though, anticipated that Cummins would do admirably with the bat in his opening IPL match.
The IPL’s joint-fastest 50 was scored by the Australian Test skipper, who showed incredible power-hitting, off just 14 balls. With the aid of four sixes, two fours, and a couple, he scored 35 runs in Daniel Sams’ 16th over of bowling with 24 balls remaining. In his half-century for Punjab against Delhi on April 8, 2018, Lokesh Rahul also used 14 deliveries.
Ventekesh Iyer, the opener, played a valuable supporting role and finished undefeated on 50 from 41 balls. But for a while, the MI bowlers struck at regular intervals, and KKR appeared to be in trouble. It wasn’t until Cummins made the decision to take charge that things turned around.
When he deviated from the convention of batting first at the MCA Stadium, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer’s confidence in his bowling staff was put on display. The club that scored had prevailed in both of the prior games played here. Finally, he was also able to alter the statistics.
The MI batsmen had it tough early on thanks to the KKR spinners’ strong start, but Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Verma managed to defend 161/4 thanks to an 83-run fourth-wicket stand.
Umesh Yadav made up for his disappointment in not getting a wicket in his first over, as he had in the previous three games, by terminating MI captain Rohit Sharma’s laborious 12-ball, three-run innings in his subsequent over. The opener top-edged a short ball, and Sam Billings caught a skier who was running back Pat Cummins.
Brevis offers Mumbai the necessary boost
Brevis, a South African under-19 sensation who broke the grip of Kolkata pacers by playing his strikes with ease on a challenging track, demonstrated why he is regarded as Baby Ab. The two have scored 29 runs in the last three overs, and Kishan has noticed the beneficial effect as well. Mumbai is 35/1 after the six overs of the powerplay. Pat Cummins
In his final over, Umesh had the opportunity to dismiss Verma, but Ajinkya Rahane mishandled the ball by going for a throw that would have been better left to the wicketkeeper. The youthful player made the most of the situation by beginning to score the crucial boundaries toward the conclusion of the innings to raise the team.
Suryakumar, though, was the one who had the most direct influence on his recovery from injury. After six overs, the former Knight struck a boundary, and in Umesh’s final ball of his stint, he followed it up with a six over the third man, opening the floodgates. The middle-order batsman scored 52 runs off of 36 balls before being bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings Pat Cummins Blasts Out Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma’s anguish is ended
Yadav struck in his second over, removing the Mumbai captain for three runs after he survived numerous close attempts from both Rohit and Kishan. While attempting to play his preferred shot, the pull, Rohit skied the ball behind the wicketkeeper, where Sam Billings made a wonderful running catch. The hosts now rely entirely on Kishan, which is a major setback for them. Brevis enters on his debut.Pat Cummins
Tilak Varma holds Kolkata accountable for a failure
After finally reaching 100 runs in the 17th overs, Suryakumar and Tilak’s combination had contributed 60 runs in just six overs for Mumbai. Rahane missed an opportunity early in his innings, and Tilak has really made Kolkata pay for it. He is now posing a threat to deny the Knight Riders the victory. Mumbai is 115/3 after 17, with 17 coming in Varun’s final over. Pat Cummins Blasts Out Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai batsmen are restrained by the pacers
On a wicket with swing and bounce, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Kishan of Mumbai were not given enough area to play their shots. The conditions were utilized by Umesh Yadav and rookie Rashik to bowl at the wicket and come close to making a breakthrough. Indians are 4/0 after two overs.