In Dream11 IPL 2020, Pat Cummins justified his Rs 15.5cr price tag, keeping Kolkata Knight Riders’ playoff hopes alive, as he guided his team to a 61 runs win against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
The Australian bowler’s four for 29 in the powerplay had rattled RR’s top-order and they could only muster 131 for 9 as another campaign ended without qualifying for the play-offs.
“A bit goes through your mind when you go for 19 of the first five balls. I guess the first two balls were not great, but as long as you go back to bowling your best ball it is okay. The best ball was top of off, maybe just outside off. There was a bit in the wicket. In T20, you can bowl well and get for plenty. On other days, wickets can come when you are not at your best. Fortunately today everything falls in place,” he said after being adjudged the Man of the Match.
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Cummins, the league’s most expensive player this season, had gone wicketless, in six of the seven games. However, he saw a change in fortune when KKR took Delhi Capitals. The 27-year-old roared back and went on to claim 3-17 to help his team grab a big win.
Speaking on his tough early phase of IPL 2020, Cummins said that initially there was a lot of pressure but things eased out as the season progressed. “Earlier I put a lot of pressure on myself after that first game when I didn’t bowl well. The longer the tournament has gone I have bowled better and better. The great thing about IPL is there are so many other games on and so many great bowlers on display so there is a lot to learn from”.
He now has 12 wickets from 14 games with an economy of 7.86.
However, he alone was not the star of the night. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan smashed a scintillating 68 off 35 balls and produced a superlative batting display for KKR.
Varun Chakravarthy (2/20 in 4 overs) has been buoyed since his India call-up and produced another performance of note as Jos Buttler (35) and Rahul Tewatia (31) were the only notable contributors for Royals.
One of the highlights was a spectacular airborne take by Dinesh Karthik to dismiss Royals’ premier player Ben Stokes off Cummins’ bowling. Karthik had four catches on the day.
KKR finished the league stage with 14 points from 14 games with a net run-rate of -0.214, which currently puts them in fourth spot in the table for a day.
IPL 2020 playoff scenario
Their entry into the play-offs will now depend on the result of the matches between Delhi Capitals (-0.159) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (-0.145) as well as the one where Sunrisers Hyderabad (+0.555) take on defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified.
In case, SRH wins, KKR’s chances of qualification will hinge on a real poor defeat for either DC or RCB in their particular game.