Kolkata Knight Riders stormed to a five-wicket win to keep Mumbai Indians winless in TATA IPL 2022
Pat Cummins hits joint fastest IPL half -century, KKR storms to No.1 in points table
Mumbai Indians’ horror run continued on Sunday as the 5-time champions slumped to their third successive defeat after Pat Cummins launched a late assault with the bat to help Kolkata seal a 4-wicket win in the 14th match of IPL 2022 in Mumbai. Cummins equalled the record for the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League when he got to the milestone off only 14 balls. He now holds the record with KL Rahul
Pat Cummins’ late assault helped KKR beat MI by 5 wickets
Cummins equalled the record for the fastest half-century in IPL
MI suffered their 3rd successive defeat in the IPL 2022
Kolkata Knight Riders stormed to victory by 5 wickets vs Mumbai Indians at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. They have now replaced Rajasthan Royals as the No.1 in the IPL 2022 points table.
KKR ‘s victory was scripted by Pat Cummins, who smashed a stunning 56 not out off 15 balls, and Venkatesh Iyer, who scored a gutsy half-century. Chasing 162, KKR were in trouble after losing Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings and Andre Russell with still some work to do.
However, Cummins, who was playing his first match of IPL 2022, paired up with Venkatesh to hand Mumbai Indians their third defeat in as many matches this season. Cummins equaled the record for the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League when he got to the milestone off only 14 balls. He now holds the record with KL Rahul.
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and asked MI to bat first on a fresh pitch with bounce on offer at the MCA Stadium. Umesh Yadav, the Purple Cap holder, struck in his 2nd over to remove Rohit Sharma while Dewald Brevis, who impressed on his IPL debut with a 19-ball 29, was sent back by Varun Chakravarthy.
Ishan Kishan had a torrid time in the middle and was dismissed by Pat Cummins for a 21-ball 14, but the innings was anchored by Suryakumar Yadav (52) and his 83-run stand with Tikal Varma set the platform for Kieron Pollard who smashed 3 sixes off the final over of Pat Cummins to give MI a competitive 161 for 5 off their 20 overs.
RAHANE GOES EARLY
KKR have adopted an attack-at-all cost approach to their batting but on Wednesday, Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer were watchful against Basil Thampi and Daniel Sams in a chase of 162. While Thampi conceded just 8 runs in his first spell of 2 overs, Sams gave away 6 in one over. KKR’s openers were also careful against Jasprit Bumrah, taking just 2 runs off his first over.
By the time Tymal Mills came on for his first over, the pressure of the asking rate was mounting for KKR. Rahane, who had managed only 7, pulled a short ball from Mills straight to Sams at deep midwicket. That dismissal brought KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer into the middle alongside Venkatesh Iyer.
Rohit Sharma has an excellent record against Kolkata Knight Riders. On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians would have hoped for their captain to bring on his A game as the team sought their first win of IPL 2022 but that wasn’t to be. After struggling in the first two overs, Rohit mistimed a pull off Umesh Yadav and was smartly caught by KKR wicketkeeper Sam Billings. Rohit’s patchy innings yielded only 3 runs as Umesh Yadav inched forward in the race for the Purple Cap, extending the gap between himself and Yuzvendra Chahal and Avesh Khan.
BABY AB SHINES
Dewald Brevis has modeled his game on his icon and fellow South African AB de Villiers. ABD was an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore for several years and produced some of the most breathtaking innings in the Indian Premier League. On Wednesday, Brevis was handed a debut as Tim David was dropped. Brevis’s reputation preceded him – he was the leading run-scorer in the U-19 World Cup. Against KKR, he did his reputation no harm with a 19-ball 29 before he was done in by Varun Varun Chakravarthy.
Ishan Kishan held the Orange Cap briefly and is still second behind Jos Buttler in the Orange Cap list, but on Wednesday, the Mumbai Indians opener could not find any kind of rhythm against a top-quality KKR bowling line-up. Ishan saw his captain Rohit Sharma fall to Umesh Yadav and Dewald Brevis make an exciting debut. But Ishan, normally a free-flowing batter, could not get his timing right as MI scrapped for runs. Suryakumar Yadav, coming back and after an injury lay-off, did not start well either and MI were in big trouble when Ishan’s painful stay at the crease was ended by Pat Cummins.
TILAK, SURYA FIGHT
Suryakumar Yadav did not start well after returning from an injury break, but he gradually found his timing in the company of Tilak Varma, who announced himself in the IPL with a maiden half-century against Rajasthan Royals. The two came together at a time when MI were in a spot of bother, but they bailed the team out of trouble with an 83-run partnership.
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