Kolkata Knight Riders produced a top-class bowling performance as they topped Rajasthan Royals to secure their second win of IPL 2020. Pat Cummins drew the first blood before young Indian duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti ran down the order. Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg, meanwhile, praised Cummins saying that he reduced Steve Smith to a lower-order batsman.
Cummins; who is the highest-paid overseas cricketer, had a woeful start to his IPL 2020 campaign. The Mumbai Indians batters took him for cleaners as he looked tired after a long series against England. But Pat Cummins made a strong comeback to lead Kolkata Knight Riders bowling pack.
Pat Cummins is living up to his price tag – Brad Hogg
Especially, he was brilliant with the new ball against Rajasthan Royals which completely trembled their batting order. Brad Hogg attributed Kolkata’s comprehensive victory to Pat Cummins’ breathtaking opening spell. He also added that the fast bowler is living up to his price tag.
“It was the second over of that second innings when the game changed. Pat Cummins, number 1 test bowler, up against Steve Smith, number 1 test batsman. Pat Cummins showed that he is worth the million dollars that was forked out for him in this year’s IPL.
He made Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman, he had his footwork was all over the shop. He was beating him on the outside edge and inside edge. Steve Smith started slogging, and after a few reprieves, was caught behind off the last ball, ” Hogg opined on his YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, speaking of the game, Rajasthan Royals failed to chase down 175 runs set by Kolkata Knight Riders batting first. Shivam Mavi delivered a man of the match performance returning with figures of 2 for 20 with quality contributions from Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy.
The Knight Riders will face Delhi Capitals next on October 3 (Saturday).