Pat Cummins scored a sizzling unbeaten 56 as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
After being asked to bat first, MI were rocked early as Rohit Sharma top edged an attempted pull off Umesh Yadav to Sam Billings, who took a fine running catch.
Ishan Kishan along with debutant Dewald Brevis added 39 runs for the second wicket before the latter was stumped by Billings off Varun Chakravarthy for a 19 ball-29.
Cummins then dismissed Kishan, caught at midwicket by Shreyas Iyer for 14. Tilak Varma got a life on 3, when Ajinkya Rahane dropped a catch off Umesh Yadav.
The pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Varma featured in a 83 run stand for the fourth-wicket before the former was caught behind off Australian all rounder Cummins for a fine 52. His knock came off 36 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Kieron Pollard provided a late flourish in the end by scoring a breezy 5 ball-22 to take Mumbai to a competitive score of 161/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
For Kolkata, Pat Cummins claimed figures of 2/49, while Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy claimed a wicket each.
Chasing 162, KKR lost Ajinkya Rahane in the fifth over, miscuing a pull off Tymal Mills to Daniel Sams at deep midwicket.
Mills could have had Shreyas Iyer in the same over but Ishan Kishan failed to hold on to chance down the leg side.
However the Knight Riders skipper did not last long, as he mistimed a short ball from Sams to Tilak Verma at square leg.
Venkatesh Iyer and Sam Billings were involved in a 32 run stand for the third wicket before the latter sliced at a Murugan Ashwin delivery to Basil Thampi at long off.
The leg-spinner Ashwin claimed his second wicket by dismissing Nitish Rana (8) to reduce KKR to 83/4.
Andre Russell came in and struck a six and a four before top edging Mills to Brevis at point for 11.
Cummins scored a blistering unbeaten 15 ball-56, as KKR pulled off a stunning win in just 16 overs. His knock comprised off 4 fours and 6 sixes.
In the process he also equalled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest fifty ever in the IPL by reaching his half-century in just 14 balls.
Venkatesh remained unbeaten on 50 off 41 balls.
KKR 162-5 (Pat Cummins 56, Venkatesh Iyer 50; Murugan Ashwin 2-25) beat Mi 161-4 (Suryakumar Yadav 52, Tilak Varma 38; Pat Cummins 2-49) by 5 wickets