'Losing the plot': Pat Cummins continues Steve Smith's misery in IPL

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A 50-50 split image shows Pat Cummins celebrating the wicket of Steve Smith on the left, and Smith looking dejected on the right.
Australian paceman Pat Cummins had the measure of Test teammate Steve Smith in their IPL 2020 matchup, clean bowling the Rajasthan Royals batsman. Pictures: Fox Sports/IPL

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has kept Kolkata Knight Riders' hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs alive after thrashing Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs.

Rajasthan, already out of Top-4 finals contention, won the toss and chose to field at Dubai's International Cricket Stadium.

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That decision backfired when Kolkata smashed 7-191 with England white-ball specialist Eoin Morgan belting an undefeated 68 off 35 balls, including six sixes and five boundaries.

Leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia claimed 3-25 from his four overs and English paceman Jofra Archer an economical 1-19.

In reply, Rajasthan struggled to 9-131 off their 20 overs with Aussie speedster Cummins taking 4-34 - including the wicket of Australian Test teammate Steve Smith.

Smith has averaged just 25.91 runs in IPL 2020, reaching a high score of 69 in 14 matches to date.

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Jos Buttler top-scored with a 22-ball 35.

"I don't think we could have done any more today," Morgan said.

"Whatever happens from here on is in the hands of cricketing gods."

Kolkata have 14 points from their 14 matches and improved their net run rate but the team's fate depends on remaining games - Delhi Capitals versus Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, and Sunrisers Hyderabad against Mumbai on Tuesday.

Super Kings cruise to easy IPL 2020 victory

At Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Chennai Super Kings cruised to a nine-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab thanks to an unbeaten 62 from Ruturaj Gaikwad.

The defeat put an end to Punjab's playoff hopes while Chennai were already out of contention.

Gaikwad hit six fours and one six in his 49-ball innings to be named man of the match, leading Chennai to 1-154 in response to Punjab's 6-153 with seven balls to spare.

Faf du Plessis contributed 48 from 34 balls to the successful chase.

Put into bat, Punjab's blushes were saved by Deepak Hooda who came in at No.6 and smashed 62 not out from 30 balls after the top half of the order gave up regular wickets.

Faf du Plessis walks off the ground after being dismissed for 48 in the Super Kings' successful run chase in the IPL.
Faf du Plessis scored 48 from 34 balls in the Chennai Super Kings' successful run chase against the Kings XI Punjab. Picture: IPL

Openers KL Rahul (29) and Mayank Agarwal (26) failed to get out of the twenties, falling to pacer Lungi Ngidi.

Chris Gayle (12), Nicholas Pooran (2), Mandeep Singh (14) and James Neesham (2) went even more cheaply.

Ngidi was the pick of the Chennai bowlers finishing with 3-39.

"It is disappointing," Punjab captain Rahul said.

"We had a lot of games in our pockets and we couldn't get over the line and we only have ourselves to blame."

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