Pat Cummins’ heroics sent Kolkata Knight Riders to the top of the table, while Suryakumar Yadav (52 off 36) and Dewald Brevis (29 off 19) guided Mumbai to a competitive total.
Five-time champions Mumbai Indians were trounced by five wickets in the 14th game of the Indian Premier League 2022 on Wednesday, thanks to Cummins’ scorching half-century and Venkatesh Iyer’s mature performance. During the run chase, KKR continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but undefeated Iyer (50 off 41) and Pat Cummins (56 off 15) snatched victory from the jaws of Mumbai Indians, handing them their third consecutive loss of the season.
Suryakumar Yadav (52 off 36) and Tilak Verma (38 off 27) led Men In Blue to 161-4 in 20 overs of their first innings, respectively. Rohit Sharma, the captain, once again struggled with the bat, wasting 12 balls for three runs before being removed in Umesh Yadav’s third over of the first innings.
Debutant Dewald Brevis also played some dazzling shots, putting 29 runs on the board with a strike rate of 152, but Varun Chakravarthy tracked him down. MI’s inning was aided by Pollard’s 22 runs on five balls, bringing the total to be above 150. The 14th match of the season included some notable power hitting as well as some blistering knocks that turned the game around.
Cummins (56* off 15 balls) stepped out and hammered back-to-back boundaries against Tymal Mills and Jasprit Bumrah before wreaking havoc in the 16th over on his compatriot Daniel Sams.
Sam next put down a high full toss, which Cummins smashed towards long-off, where Suryakumar took a wonderful catch at the boundary, throwing the ball back into the ground before collecting his composure to finish the take.
Cummins was batting on 46 off 13 balls when the umpire correctly signalled a no-ball for height. The Australian then slammed the slower delivery through midwicket for four runs to reach his half-century in just 14 balls, tying KL Rahul’s 2018 IPL record.
KKR’s run chase got off to a shaky start when Ajinkya Rahane (7) was caught trying to pull against Tymal Mills in the fifth over. After that, Shreyas Iyer (10) walked out and smashed a couple of boundaries before being dismissed in the next over after mistiming a shot against Sams.
Billings (17) and Rana (8) both fell to spinner Murugan Ashwin (2/25) in quick succession, and Andre Russell (11) hit a couple of boundaries against Bumrah before succumbing to Mills (2/38) on the first ball of the 14th over, handing over the reins to Cummins to lead Kolkata to what appeared to be an unlikely victory at the time.
Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, who were playing their first match of the season after recovering from injury, then put on an 83-run combination off only 49 balls to help Mumbai come back. Both batsman smashed the KKR bowling, with Suryakumar celebrating his homecoming with a half-century off just 34 balls.
Suryakumar (52 off 36 balls) was bowled in the last over by Cummins (2/49), but Kieron Pollard stepped out and hammered an unbeaten 22 off only 5 deliveries, helping Mumbai post a tough total of 161/4.