Pat Cummins said that he was most surprised by his 14-ball fifty against the Mumbai Indians. The Aussie single-handedly guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Wednesday. 

Cummins scored 56 runs off 15 balls with the help of four boundaries and six maximums. In doing so, the Australian Test captain equalled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest fifty in the IPL (14 balls). 

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“I probably think I’m most surprised by that innings. I’m glad that it came off. I was thinking of having a swing if it was in my area. Wasn’t trying to overthink it,” Cummins said after being announced player of the match. 

Cummins was playing his first match in IPL 2022. The 28-year-old further added that he was just trying to ‘pepper the shorter boundary’. 

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“Very satisfying to do it on my first game this season. Was just trying to pepper the shorter boundary. The hard thing after a big auction is that there are a lot of changes from last year. It’s a good mix of talent out there and quite relaxed with the boys,” Cummins said.

KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer batted through the innings for his unbeaten 41-ball 50. The 27-year-old hit six boundaries and one maximum. 

Daniel Sams bore the brunt of Cummins’ onslaught the most, conceding 35 runs in the 16th over, which sealed it for KKR.

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Together with Iyer, Cummins, who came in at number six, shared 61 runs in just 2.1 overs to overhaul MI’s total of 161 for four.

MI, thus, slumped to their third defeat in as many matches.

KKR made a sedate start reaching 16 off the first four overs. The wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Shreyas Iyer made life difficult for KKR as they slumped to 35 for two in the sixth over.