DUBAI: Pat Cummins‘ four-wicket haul helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeat Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday and the pacer credited his performance to continuous improvement going deeper into IPL 2020. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
Chasing 192, the Royals scored 19 runs off the first over but lost Robin Uthappa. In the third over of the innings, Cummins dismissed Ben Stokes (18) thanks to a spectacular catch from Dinesh Karthik . Five balls later, Steve Smith (4) was sent back, which reduced RR to 32/3. A few minutes later, Cummins dismissed Riyan Parag and the Royals were left staring down the barrel at 37/5.
“A lot goes through your mind. First few balls weren’t great. As long as you go back to bowling your best balls, it’s all right. Top of off (stump) is always that area for me. There was a bit (of help from the pitch) early in there with the new ball,” Cummins, who took 4/34, told host broadcasters Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“So I was trying to get as many in there as I can…don’t think I expected to get all wickets like that. Some days you bowl well and don’t get luck, some days you get a bit of luck as well,” he added.
Cummins revealed he had put pressure on himself at the start of the tournament and said that he improved as the mega event progressed.
“Today, everything fell into place. I guess early on in the season, I put a lot of pressure on myself. As the tournament has gone on, I’ve got better and better. You’re always learning,” said the Australian pacer.
With this win, KKR have moved to the fourth spot in the points table with 14 points from 14 matches, but their playoff qualification also depends on the results in the final two league-stage matches in the tournament. On the other hand, the Royals are now out of the race to the playoffs.