Pat Cummins’ ‘Unreal’ knock nearly single-handedly won the Indian Premier League (IPL) match for Kolkata Knight Riders over Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, according to former India head coach Ravi Shastri.
Cummins hit 56 off just 15 balls to help KKR chase down a target of 162 with four overs to spare, equaling the fastest half-century in IPL history.
After the game, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma stated that they did not anticipate Cummins to achieve what he did. The 28-year-old, who has been ranked No. 1 in Test bowling for more than four years, appeared to be removed off the fifth delivery of the 16th over, but it was ruled a no-ball for height.
Suryakumar Yadav, who had earlier in the day struck a half-century in his first match since returning from injury, appeared to make a fantastic catch on the ropes, but the batters only managed to get two runs off that ball.
Cummins then set a new IPL record for the fastest half-century off a bowled ball before hitting a six off the final ball.
Look at the striking, Pat Cummins came out with a mission: Ravi Shastri
Pat Cummins entered the game just as it appeared that MI had regained control of the game, having sent back the threatening Andre Russell. KKR still needed 61 runs from 40 deliveries to win.
“It was unbelievable. In an over, 35 runs are scored. When you see a battle like this when the other team has the upper hand to some extent, you have to start thinking. Then it’s probably 60-40 in favor of the Mumbai Indians. It’ll be over the next time you come around. I haven’t seen a match like this in a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of cricket.”
“Take note of the hitting. He was on a mission when he walked out the door. ‘I’m going to get those runs and more,’ he claimed after going for 49 runs in four overs. He spanked it all over the ground. There aren’t many errors in that inning. Incredibly, “Ravi Shastri expressed his thoughts.
With the stunning victory, KKR rose to the top of the points table while MI, like CSK, slumped to their third straight loss in the tournament.