Post Match Analysis of MI vs KKR – Pat Cummins the fast bowling sensation came from nowhere as he scored an unbeaten 56 runs in 15 balls. KKR now has won 3 matches out of 4 and has started to knock on the door of the play-offs. MI on the other side has joined CSK as both the teams now have lost 3 out of 3. MI is known to be slow-starters but losing 3 won’t keep them in a good place as bouncing back won’t be easy.
History says that MI has clinched the title after losing 5 matches in a row (2015 edition where MI had won the title). Calculation wise it looks good but in the practical sense, it looks tough as this year’s IPL has a slightly different flavor in it.
All in all, MI has to go back to the drawing board and hope that they start winning quickly otherwise winning 7-8 matches consecutively won’t be easy.
KKR was set a target of 162 runs by the 5-time Champions MI. KKR had a mediocre power-play as they scored 35 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Scoring was not easy as there was less due which meant that the score can be defended.
MI had restricted KKR for 101-5 inside 14 overs which meant that KKR would require at least 9-10 runs per over. Then came Pat Cummins, he was just lethal from the Word Go. He changed the dynamics of the match as he struck a 14 ball half-century and made a statement that he is a handy batter too. Within a blink of an eye, the match changed as KKR hunted down the target with 4 overs left in the tank.
Cummins was unbeaten with a score of 56 runs in 15 balls where he scored 4 fours and 6 sixes. He was seen showing no mercy which was the specialty of the knock. Cummins was well accompanied by Venkatesh Iyer who scored 50 runs in 41 balls, the left-handed batter laid the foundation of the run chase which was a must.
KKR had won the toss and had elected to bowl first. KKR’s bowlers bowled impeccable lines and lengths and made scoring quite difficult. The power-play overs yielded 35 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. At the end of 11 overs, MI’s score was 55-3 and it looked like MI would score around 130 odd runs.
Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma resurrected the innings. Suryakumar Yadav scored a well-deserved half-century of 52 runs in 36 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixes.
In the last over Kieron Pollard smashed 3 sixes off Pat Cummins and took MI’s total to 161-4 and all of sudden, it looked like Mumbai Indians had a chance to open their account. KKR would be over the moon as who would have expected Pat Cummins to play a match-winning knock when you already have got the services of Andre Russell. All in all, KKR would be happy as of now they are the table-toppers in the Tata IPL 2022.