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Pune : Pat Cummins’ scintillating joint-fastest fifty and Venkatesh Iyer’s scintillating innings helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by five wickets in an IPL 2022 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. , here on Wednesday.

It was KKR’s third win in four matches and they finished on top of the table with 6 points. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians’ dreadful streak continued as they went down to their third consecutive defeat in the current season.

Earlier, a brilliant half-century from Suryakumar Yadav (52 off 36) helped Mumbai Indians post 161/4 in 20 overs. With 55 for 3 in 11 overs, Mumbai were in trouble but Suryakumar added 83 runs for the fourth wicket with Tilak Verma (38 for 27). Apart from Suryakumar and Verma, Dewald Brevis (29 off 19) also played an entertaining knock on his IPL debut, while Kieron Pollard (22 off 5) allowed Mumbai’s innings to flourish of late.

Chasing a challenging target, KKR got off to a slow start and got the wicket under pressure. Tymal Mills gave Mumbai the first breakthrough by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane (7) in the 5th over. Shreyas Iyer (10), who came to bat, could not last long and was dismissed by Daniel Sams, putting KKR in trouble at 35-2 in 6 overs.

KKR’s attempt to put up a partnership after the first six overs did not yield good results as Sam Billings (17) and Nitish Rana (8) both started but fell in successive overs from Murugan Ashwin.

Mills, who found great success with the short ball throughout the evening, struck gold when Russell (11) mistimed the short ball and Brevis caught him packing. Although KKR kept losing wickets at regular intervals, Venkatesh Iyer (50 off 41) remained through to the end and kept him in the game but Pat Cummins turned the game on its head with his attacking knock.

Cummins came to bat when KKR were at 101 for 5 in 13.1 overs, yet needed 61 runs from 41 balls. He scored 47 for 36 with a flick well over deep midwicket and a cut between point and short third man. In the next over, Cummins repeated the feat against Jasprit Bumrah, who pulled the match in his team’s favour. But, when KKR needed just 35 off 30 balls, the Aussie wasn’t done with the wild willow-swinging either.

Cummins needed only six more available deliveries to complete the chase – smashing them all in a foul Daniel Sams, which included four sixes – all big clean hits – and two fours. A ball before he completed the chase with a six, he reached a half-century in 14 balls.

He equaled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest half-century ever in the IPL and scored 56 off 15 balls to end the match and guide KKR to victory, with four overs to spare and five wickets in hand.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians, invited to bat first, had a poor start as Umesh Yadav dismissed skipper Rohit Sharma to give KKK their first breakthrough in the third over of the innings. Rohit tried to pick up a short ball that was thrown hard enough into the deck, but he could only get a top lead with wicketkeeper Sam Billings running backwards and pouching it safely.

The wicket brought debutant Dewald Brevis to the crease and from the start he looked in solid touch even against the aggressive Umesh. His stroke-play infused some momentum into Mumbai’s innings and Ishan Kishan was also happy to play the second fiddle as he took his team to 35/1 after 6 overs.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer started the spin after the end of the powerplay and both the batsmen decided not to be too adventurous against Sunil Narine. But Brevis (29 off 19) hit a six off Varun Chakravarthy’s first ball. There were three dots after the shot. Brevis missed on the 5th ball of the over and Billings hit Belles with a whip.

Suryakumar, who was playing his first match of the season, then came to the crease with Kishan and tried to rebuild the innings for Mumbai. But the run-rate was falling with every passing over and pressure was building on Kishan, who was not at his best. The southpaw’s struggling innings finally came to an end after Cummins was dismissed for a short ball. It could have been worse for Mumbai but there was miscommunication between Billings and Rahane trying to catch the catch and it was put down as Tilak Verma got a lifeline.

Taking full advantage of the dropped catch, Verma made some bold shots and gave some impetus to Mumbai’s innings, while Suryakumar also praised him for his well-deserved time with some time limits. Both Suryakumar and Verma kept the scoreboard ticking and helped MI cross the 100-run mark in the 17th over of the innings.

Since then, there has been no looking back for Suryakumar and Verma, who scored 17 and 14 runs in the 17th and 18th overs respectively. Suryakumar got out after completing Suryakumar’s half-century on the first ball of the 20th over but Kieron Pollard fired a spectacular firework by dismissing Cummins for three sixes.

Overall, Mumbai scored 76 runs in the last 5 overs and finished with 161-4 on the board. Kieron Pollard (22 not out) and Tilak Verma (38 not out on 27) remained unbeaten at the crease. On the other hand, Pat Cummins (2/49) was the most successful bowler for KKR, while Umesh Yadav (1/25) and Varun Chakraborty (1/32) also took a wicket each.

Brief Scores:
Mumbai Indians: 161/4 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 52, Tilak Verma 38 not out; Pat Cummins 2/49) lose to Kolkata Knight Riders 162/5 in 16 overs (Pat Cummins 56 not out, Venkatesh Iyer 50 not out, Murugan Ashwin 2/25) by five wickets

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