Shastri 'Pat' Cummins for his game-changing inning against Mumbai Indians
Shastri noted that Venkatesh Iyer, who led KKR's chase with an undefeated 50 off 41 balls, mentioned that the pitch was still difficult to bat on "Venkatesh Iyer, you spoke beautifully.
Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Pat Cummins turned a close chase game into a very easy victory in a gap of a single over in the match against Mumbai Indians.
Cummins struck Daniel Sams for 35 runs in the 16th over of the match to help his team win on Wednesday, setting a new record for the joint-fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League (IPL). With five wickets in hand, Cummins stepped in to bat with KKR needing 61 runs off 41 deliveries. It was not the easiest of possibilities, and the match appeared to be heading for a tense finale, but Australia's Test skipper had other ideas.
After the game, former India head coach Ravi Shastri quipped to Star Sports that Cummins had "ruined a pretty nice game of cricket."
"It's as if someone passing by should say to him, 'Well played, Pat.' Thank you for ruining a great game of cricket.' He ruined a great game of cricket," according to Shastri.
"It was incredible. In an over, 35 runs are scored. When was the last time you saw a match like this where the other team had the upper hand to some extent and then it was maybe 60-40 for the Mumbai Indians? It's over when the next over arrives. I haven't seen a match like this in a long time, and I've seen a lot of cricket. "He was speaking about KKR's pursuit.
Shastri noted that Venkatesh Iyer, who led KKR's chase with an undefeated 50 off 41 balls, mentioned that the pitch was still difficult to bat on "Venkatesh Iyer, you spoke beautifully. What he said was completely correct. It was difficult for everyone else."
"Take a look at this. He went on a mission. He scored 49 runs in four overs, so he's saying, "I'm going to get those runs and more to finish this game." And, by golly, he's smacked it all over the place. And there aren't many mis-hits in that inning. "He went on to remark something about Cummins' game-changing performance.
Cummins hit his half-century in just 14 deliveries and then blasted the next ball for the winning six to finish on 56 in just 56 deliveries.