KKR vs MI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) locked horns with the Mumbai Indians (MI) on 23rd September at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in IPL 2020. The Australian and KKR fast bowler, Pat Cummins had a horror day in bowling. Cummins did not even complete his full quota of 4 overs and gave away 49 runs by bowling three overs. The Aussie was even wayward in his line and length as he conceded four wides.
However, KKR’s skipper, Dinesh Karthik has come out and defended him despite his off performance in KKR’s first match in the IPL 2020. Cummins is ranked number one bowler in Test cricket. Karthik has put his faith in Cummins and called him a ‘Champion bowler’. He backs him to perform well as the tournament progresses. Karthik says that he will not judge him with his performance in the first match, as he is coming off quarantine after Australia’s limited-overs series against England. (KKR vs MI)
Dinesh Karthik has his faith on Pat Cummins. (KKR vs MI)
“It is very unfair to judge him right now, he is just off quarantine and he got permission at 3:34 to play the match. We are happy to have him and I do not think this is the game where we need to judge him at all. He is a world champion bowler. I trust him completely and I am sure he will make a good comeback,” Karthik was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
However Cummins sparkled with the bat in hand, but the match was finished for KKR by then. He scored 33 runs off 12 balls, which included a 27-run over off Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah was the star performer with the ball, who had got rid of Russell and Morgan and was economical. He smashed four consecutive sixes in Japsrit Bumrah’s last over.
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KKR had to chase a target of 196 runs. They lost the match by 49 runs. Cummins was the leading scorer for KKR in the match, followed by Dinesh Karthik, who was the only other KKR batsman to get into the ’30s. KKR gave wickets to every MI bowler, except Krunal Pandya. (KKR vs MI)
Andre Russell was the main scorer of KKR in the last season. He batted with a strike rate of over 200 in IPL 2019. However, in this match, he could only score a run a ball 11 before Jasprit Bumrah got rid of him. Karthik talked about changing the batting order and stated that they will make changes depending on the match situation. (KKR vs MI)
“It all depends on the game and the score that we are chasing and what we are doing at any point of time,” he added.