Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has heaped praise on KKR pacer Pat Cummins and said that he made RR skipper Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman with his sheer pace. Rajasthan Royals had the won the toss and chosen to field.
KKR went on to score 174 from 20 overs with important knocks from Shubman Gill (47 runs) and Eoin Morgan (34 runs). The Royals could not bear the wrath of KKR bowlers and could only get 137 runs on the board in 20 overs. KKR won the match by 37 runs.
Captain Steve Smith who had been in a great form in the opening two matches was dismissed by Pat Cummins for only three runs. Cummins ended up with the economical figure of 13/1 in his three overs bowled.
Pat Cummins showed that he was worth the million dollars that was forked out for him this IPL: Brad Hogg
Cummins had a hard start to his IPL 2020 campaign after he gave away 49 runs in three overs in KKR’s IPL opener against MI. He was heavily criticised for his performance, and for the sum, KKR paid for him. The Knight Riders secured Pat Cummins’ signing for a whopping INR 15.5 crores.
Cummins showed a great display against SRH in their second match with impressive figures of 19/1, and maintained his form against RR. Brad Hogg said that Cummins was the game-changer of the match when he dismissed Steve Smith.
“It was the second over in the chase where the game changed. Pat Cummins, the number one Test bowler in the world up against Steve Smith, the number one Test batsman in the world. Pat Cummins showed that he was worth the million dollars that was forked out for him this IPL. He made Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
“He had his footwork all over the shop. He was beating him on the outside edge and inside edge. Steve Smith started slogging and he nearly got out on the second-last ball of that over but finally got caught behind on the last ball,” he added.
Brad Hogg feels Steve Smith’s wrong approach to Pat Cummins’ over costed RR the game
The target of 174 was not too huge to chase for RR, who had chased in the excess of 200 against KXIP. In the second over Pat Cummins got the better off Smith with every ball he played him and eventually got his wicket. Hogg believes if Smith would have saved his wicket from Cummins he could have attacked the young bowlers of KKR next and the result of the game would have been different.
“Pat Cummins was way too good, way too quick, accurate and Steve Smith didn’t have the answers. All Steve Smith had to do was play that over out and attack the likes of Mavi, Nagarkoti and the younger bowlers of that KKR outfit and RR would have been in a better position. But he didn’t, he had a brain fade and that cost RR the game and gave KKR the win,” Brad Hogg said.
Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with 2 victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.