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"I'm probably the most surprised": Cummins on his record fifty



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Pat Cummins on Wednesday said he was "more surprised" than anyone by his joint-fastest 14-ball IPL fifty that steered Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning victory over Mumbai Indians.

The 28-year-old Australian Test skipper joined Venkatesh Iyer with Kolkata on 101-5 while chasing 162 and tore into the Mumbai attack with his 56 off 15 balls as the two-time champions reached their target with four overs to spare in Pune.

The left-handed Venkatesh had the best seat in the house as Cummins hit six sixes including the winning hit over the fence in a 35-run Daniel Sams over.

Cummins' effort equalled KL Rahul's 50 off 14 balls for Kings XI Punjab --  now Punjab Kings -- in 2018 as Mumbai slipped to their third loss in as many matches.

"I am probably more surprised (with that innings)," man of the match Cummins, a pace bowler who took two wickets in the match, said after the knock.

"I think I am batting at my best when I don't think too much. I just try and swing hard and fortunately today it came off."

Cummins, who was bought back by Kolkata for nearly $1 million -- a dip from his previous $2.17 m in 2019 -- scored his third half-century of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament with a highest of 66 not out last year.