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‘Pat Cummins was paid 7+ crore just to beat MI’ – Twitter reacts as KKR pacer destroys MI with three wickets in one over

Pat Cummins made a comeback for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians, and returned in style. He took three wickets, all in a single over, while conceding only 22 runs at an economy rate of 5.5. One over by Cummins spelled the end of MI’s chase of of 165, and they collapsed to 113 all out within 18 overs to hand KKR a 52-run win.

After his record-equaling 50* off 14 balls in his first game for KKR this season, which also came against Mumbai, Cummins has since struggled to deliver with both bat and ball for the Knight Riders. Before tonight’s game, he had taken four wickets in four games but was terribly expensive, giving away over 40 runs each time. He was dropped for KKR’s previous game against the Lucknow Super Giants, which the lost by 75 runs but returned tonight against Mumbai, and more than proved his worth.

Pat Cummins take 3-22, MI lose 6 wickets for 13 runs

Cummins opened the bowling in tandem with New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, but while Southee picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma somewhat controversially, the Australian went wicketless in his first spell. MI never looked comfortable during their chase, and aside from Ishan Kishan’s 51 which came at a strikerate of 118, far lower than the what the run-rate required, there was no batter who looked settled enough to take their side home.

Cummins’ spell in the 15th over broke MI. Before he came on to bowl, MI were 100-4 and still needed 66 off the remaining six overs, a tall ask for their settled batter Ishan Kishan and out of form Kieron Pollard. Ishan was bounced out off the first ball of the over, caught off the top edge by Rinku Singh at the boundary rope. Three balls later, Daniel Sams met a similar fate. Another quick bouncer took Sams’ top edge and was taken by wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson. Murugan Ashwin was the last of Cummins’ victims, falling off the last ball of the over to yet another short ball, and this time it was Varun Chakravarthy who took a sharp catch at the edge of the third man boundary.

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