“That was crazy”: Pat Cummins admits being nervous as MI closes in search of miracle at IPL 2024

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a stunning victory over Hardik Pandya-led Mumbai Indians (MI) by 31 runs in the eighth match of the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, on Wednesday. , March 27th.

Losing the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were invited to bat first and made sure to punish Mumbai Indians (MI) for allowing them to bat on a track that had nothing for the players.

Heinrich Klaasen, Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head and Aiden Markram brought out their best batting performance and devastated the MI players all over the park. All four batsmen played attacking cricket from the first ball and looked unstoppable against the MI bowlers except Jasprit Bumrah.

In the end, SRH posted a massive total of 277/3 on the board, which was the highest total in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They broke RCB’s record of 263/5 which they broke in 2013 against the now defunct PWI.

For SRH, Heinrich Klaasen top-scored with 80 runs, while Abhishek Sharma (63), Travis Head (62) and Aiden Markram (42) contributed sensational runs. Talking about MI bowlers, all of them gave away runs with an economy of 10+ except Jasprit Bumrah.

Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan came out firing and had a half-century partnership. The failure of the opening batsmen to convert their openings into big scores was a huge blow to MI.

Tilak Varma then hit an impressive fifty in the match and was well supported by Naman Dhir. However, after his dismissal, things did not go well for MI as Hardik Pandya, Tim David and Romario Shepherd could not do the job for the team and were restricted to 246/5.

They found a boundary when they needed it, but we finished it well – Pat Cummins

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Pat Cummins said that the match in Hyderabad was crazy and he never thought that the target set by his team could be chased all the way to the bowling. He also praised Man of the Match Abhishek Sharma. Pat Cummins said:

“That was crazy. The ball was really spinning. It wasn’t until we bowled that it was too close for comfort. They found a limit when they needed it, but we finished it well. “

“(On Abhishek Sharma) Really impressive, in IPL you play with a lot of pressure but he plays with great freedom.”

Pat Cummins further said that they did not bat with the score of 270 in mind and that they simply reached that total because the wicket was good. Pat Cummins said:

“(On first innings plans) You never play for 270, but we wanted to be positive and aggressive, take on the game. It was a good terrain, so we have to hold on knowing that we would hit some limits. The important thing is to have clear plans with the ball.”

Pat Cummins finished by praising the Hyderabad crowd for creating an incredible atmosphere and being loud throughout the game. Pat Cummins said:

“(In the home crowd) An incredible atmosphere on the field, I enjoyed playing here, it was incredibleedibly loud.”