Playing his first match of Indian Premier League 2022, Pat Cummins ensured a poor first half of the match as he ended up conceding 49 runs off his four overs against Mumbai Indians. But he filed due compensation for the profligate outing with the ball by equalling the record for the quickest IPL fifty, off 14 balls, to help Kolkata Knight Riders gun down 162 with four overs to spare.
The Australian Test skipper joined KL Rahul, reaching the landmark in just 14 balls at the DY Patil Stadium in Pune. Cummins bludgeoned 35 off compatriot Daniel Sams' bowling in the 16th over, killing the chase in mind-boggling fashion. Cummins finished with 56 off mere 15 balls, hammering four fours and six towering sixes. If you're a punter like the ones who surf at 10cric login and predicted Cummins to unleash such carnage, you must chance your arm with lottery tickets.
IPL has borne witness to many blistering knocks in the past, but as stated the record for fastest fifty was exclusively held by KL Rahul, who teed off from ball one to achieve the feat against Delhi Capitals. Cummins now shares the record with the stylish Indian opener who captains Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022. Sunil Narine, while opening the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore, had hit a 15 ball fifty in 2017. He walked out to bat with Chris Lynn and both of them incredibly added more than 100 runs inside the PowerPlay itself.
Prior to that whirlwind knock, another KKR pinch-hitter, Yousuf Pathan had racked up a 15 ball fifty against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014. He top-scored with 72 runs from 22 balls and powered his team over the line. KKR needed to win the contest in a certain number of overs to finish amongst the top two in the points table and Pathan delivered the goods with aplomb.
Cummins joined forces with Venkatesh Iyer at the crease after the dismissal of Andre Russell and Iyer almost remained a bystander from that point onwards, as the Aussie clubbed Tymal Mills for a six and four off only the second and third deliveries he faced.
Heading into the 16th over, having already pilfered 22, striking at 275.00, Cummins started with a thumping maximum over long-on. A filthy full toss off the second ball saw Cummins target the midwicket boundary. He careened two more sixes before Sams' waist-high delivery was adjudged a no-ball. The 28-year-old then deposited a slower ball – the free hit – for four to bring up his fifty in a jiffy.