Australian paceman Pat Cummins somewhat salvaged his horrific run of form in the Indian Premier League by scoring his maiden T20 half century against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday morning (AEDT).
Walking to the crease at 61/5, Cummins smacked 53 off 36 balls in a career-best performance, combining with England captain Eoin Morgan for an 87-run sixth-wicket partnership.
After a horror start to their innings, the duo guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to 148/5 from their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Cummins and Morgan hit 35 runs off the final 12 balls to give a semblance of respectability to the score.
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Although Cummins was pivotal with the bat, he once again failed to contribute with the ball. The 27-year-old finished with figures of 0/28 from three overs as Mumbai cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory.
Pat Cummins in the IPL.Source:Twitter
The Knight Riders secured Cummins in the IPL auction for a record-breaking $3.1 million contract, but the Aussie has failed to prove his worth in the tournament.
In seven matches, Cummins has only managed to snare two wickets, and currently averages 125.00 with the ball.
The New South Wales bowler’s most recent figures in the T20 competition are 0/49, 0/35, 0/29, 0/38 and 0/28.
Outside the Powerplay, Cummins’ economy rate in the tournament is 13.33 runs per over.
Indian journalist Sushant Mehta tweeted: “Cummins has seriously underperformed with the ball in this tournament. He needs to deliver — quickly.”
Cummins doing with the bat here what he has been unable to do with the ball in the tournament: make an impact
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South African captain Quinton de Kock scored an unbeaten 78 as Mumbai inflicted a crushing defeat on Morgan in his first game leading Kolkata.
De Kock hit three sixes and nine fours in a 44-ball demolition of the Kolkata bowlers, as Mumbai made 149/2 in just 16.5 overs.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said he was happy to take a back seat and let de Kock guide the team towards victory.
“He likes to take it to the bowlers,” Sharma said.
“It gives us a lot of confidence … clinical with the ball, clinical with the bat, the overall performance that we expected was there.”
Representing Mumbai, Australian all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile managed 1/51 from his four overs, while Sydney Thunder tweaker Chris Green bowled 2.5 overs without a breakthrough.
Delhi Capitals get a chance to reclaim top spot alone when they face the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
— with AAP
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