IPL 2022: Pat Cummins set the fastest IPL 50 record against the Mumbai Indians

Indian Premier League fans were surprised by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star Pat Cummins' performance against a record five-time former Mumbai Indians (MI) champion at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Pune, on Wednesday. Not with the ball, the Australian cricketer made an extraordinary shot with his stick while strengthening the KKR team.

In Match 14 IPL 2022, Cummins hit 15-ball 56 for Kolkata by five wickets with four overs remaining. It was the fastest record in IPL history. With just 14 submissions, this record equals KL Rahul's IPL 2018.

In the KKR match against MI, it can be said that their strength is quite balanced until the last overs. The hitters struggled for clean strokes and Cummins made it so easy. Of course, Cummins' brilliant game gave Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma a hard time. Cummins was able to beat all the bowlers, including Jasprit Bumrah, as a prime pacer.

When the match ended, Cummins admitted that he was surprised and did not expect what he had done while facing the Indians. The 28-year-old cricketer was surprised by his performance in that round. Even so, he was happy and relieved to have delivered such a great blow.

“I was thinking of doing a swing if it was in my area. I'm not trying to think too much about it. When I came to bat, it was late in the game. So, I have a clear mind to clean the rope. Every time I faced him [Bumrah], I tried to hit as hard as I could, and luckily, it slipped a few times," said Cummins.

The fastest IPL 50 record

Cummins did not realize that he had done something miraculous for KKR with the fastest IPL 50. According to him, he just tried to hit every ball for four or six.

"I'm trying to be a shooter. Venky is out there, and he hits well. I thought if I could get a few shots and make the job easy on the other end. For the shorter side of the boundary, I try to cross over and target that area specifically," Cummins added.

Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav marked his first appearance in the IPL this season and helped Mumbai score points against the Knight Riders. However, Cummins who also appeared in his first game in IPL 2022 took the game from the Mumbai Indians and gave KKR the victory.

Andre Russell was short-lived against Jasprit Bumrah because of Tymal Mills' short ball tactics. While Kolkata needed 61 run offs of 41 balls, due to the effective short ball tactics of MI pacers.

Cummins then came along and tackled the problem in the next 17 minutes. Facing 15 balls, the brilliant performance of the athlete with the full name of Patrick James Cummins made the Indians team confused. Cummins' performance also amazed the more than 18,000 spectators in the stadium.

Not only did he equal the IPL's record fifty-fastest with 14 balls but Cummins also set KKR beyond 161 MI for four with four overs remaining. Cummins started the attack with a six and a four from Mills in 14 and kept piling on. Meanwhile, fellow Australia Daniel Sams conceded 35 defeats in the next round.

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Gian Chacko

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