Pat Cummins created history with his unbelievable innings of 56 runs from 15 balls. When he reached his 50 off 14 balls, he equaled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest IPL fifty.
Kolkata Knight Riders were chasing 161 to win against Mumbai Indians. The top-order discovered the hard way that Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard had made batting on the Pune pitch look easier than it was. Venkatesh Iyer anchored the innings with a fighting half-century, ending the innings undefeated on 50 off 41 balls, but the momentum seemed to be with Mumbai after Andre Russell’s wicket.
Enter Cummins. KKR were 5 down for 101, needed 61 from 41, and the target seemed like a mountain that just kept growing taller. Cummins wasted little time, hitting Tymal Mills for a six and four within the first three balls he faced. MI hurriedly brought in Jasprit Bumrah to stem the flow of runs, but Cummins stunned him as well – he whacked a four and a huge six over midwicket, and took 12 runs in total off the over.
The equation of the game had completely changed to favour KKR by that point, and now they needed 35 off the last five balls. Cummins finished the game off a single Daniel Sams over. Poor Sams was bludgeoned for 6, 4, 6, 6 off the first four balls of his over. Then Suryakumar took a stunning catch at the boundary, but as luck would have it, the delivery was declared a no-ball for height.
Cummins had taken 25 runs off the first balls, and wasn’t even done. He smacked another boundary to bring up his 50, the joint-fastest ever in the history of IPL. The winning runs were acquired with one final flourish, another huge six, and KKR won with four overs to spare. Four. After needed 61 from 41 balls. The onslaught seemed so easy, so effortless for Cummins – Iyer brought up his 50 off 41 balls while the Australian just needed 14.
Twitter hails Pat Cummins’ assault
All hail, Patrick Cummins 🔥
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) April 6, 2022
Out of words to describe what Cummins did here. Madness. Merciless. Unbelievable.
— arfan (@Im__Arfan) April 6, 2022
Pat Cummins just missed the fastest 50 in IPL by a whisker
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) April 6, 2022
Shreyas Iyer said "I couldn't believe it, Pat Cummins was getting bowled everytime yesterday in the nets".
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 6, 2022
Whenever Pat Cummins the bowler has gone expensive, Cummins the batter has just blown away the oppositions.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 6, 2022
I humbly request everyone on my TL to simp for Pat Cummins. Boys included.
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) April 6, 2022