Calcutta Knights (KKR) pacemaker Pat Cummins It was revealed that the extra batsmen allowed them to play more aggressively while remaining confident in Andre Russell’s bowling. KKR completed the doubles with a 52-point win over the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the DY Patil Stadium on Monday.
KKR intermediate order cannot be exploited Venkatesh Ayer (24 points, 43 points) and Nitish Rana (26 points, 43 points) as Jasplit Bangla (5-for-10) limited the Knight Riders to 9-for-165. While it seemed like an easy chase with the part-timers set to pitch four, Cummins put his weight behind Russell. The all-round star did not disappoint, removing Tilak Varma and Ramandeep Singh. While Russell was brought into the offense as early as the fifth inning, Venkatesh Ayre’s single inning was the 10th inning of the chase.
“I think Russ has been especially good at bowling in the last few games. He’s a top player, very confident, he can play four rounds at any time in the innings. Obviously with Venkatesh and Nitty who was not bowling tonight Shrana together, [we] Can be easily covered on all sides. I think the message to batsmen is to go out there and be free, try to be the winner of the game and keep playing.Maybe with the extra batsman it provides a bit of freedom as well,” Australia’s Test captain responded Sportskeeda query at the post-match press conference.
After 13 possessions, KKR is 2 for 123 and is on the way to a huge total. But talisman Bumrah wreaked havoc as there were only 42 runs in the last seven games with seven wickets to start.
However, it sets an example for bowling at the Navi Mumbai circuit, which has considerable bounce and carry. Cummins said the KKR bowlers were inspired by Bumrah’s sensational spell and focused on batting.
“I think he’s bowling very well. I think he showed us the top of the stump, the back of a length is someone who is hard to play on this wicket. Especially in DY Patil, it’s a pretty big one Field. Obviously, you can be sure that being hit at 6 is going to be a good shot. So yeah, the game plan is really simple for us – try bowling in a straight line, behind a certain length , it worked,” he added.
KKR moves up to seventh in the IPL 2022 points table.But with only 5 wins out of 12, it would be a miracle Shrias Iyerboys into the playoffs. MI, on the other hand, remains at the bottom with only two wins so far.
‘My bowling may not be as good as I think it is’ – Pat Cummins on early-season blues
Pat Cummins seems to have finally found his footing in this IPL iteration. The Australian Express was taken to the cleaners in his first four races after a delayed arrival due to international commitments. He only chopped down four wickets and conceded over 12 runs – 12.25 to be exact.
He himself acknowledged the rough start of the campaign, while praising Tim Souci (12 wickets in 10 matches) and Umesh Yadav (15 wickets in 10 matches). Cummins (3-for-22) ended up hitting his shoulder strap with the ball, but at the expense of his opponent, who knocked him down for 56* on 15 balls in the first round.
“In the first four games, my bowling might not have been as good as I would have liked. Yeah. [I was] Just a little off the mark. Tim has done an excellent job. So yes, nice to go tonight. I’m preparing, training, ready to be called when needed. And Umesh’s injury also brought opportunities. Yes, I don’t have to try hard to do anything, [I was] Just trying to get a little more money than the first four games,” he explained.
KKR will be looking to build on the momentum when they meet SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Pune on Saturday. Rohit Sharma and Co. will be looking to salvage some pride in “IPL El Clasico” against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
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