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Cricket News: Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle expressed his excitement at fast bowlers making life difficult for batsmen in the middle in the ongoing edition of

Pat Cummins celebrates dismissing Steve Smith. (BCCI/IPL/ANI Photo)

NEW DELHI: Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle expressed his excitement at fast bowlers making life difficult for batsmen in the middle in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

In his column for the Times of India, Bhogle wrote, “I have enjoyed watching the quicks bowl this year. You don’t always get to say that but Kagiso Rabada and Jofra Archer and Pat Cummins are getting us all excited again. I so loved watching Rajasthan play Kolkata and see fast bowling not just respected again but even a bit feared.”

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In the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, Archer (2/18) hit the deck hard and clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament (152.1 kph) in a fiery spell, taking two key wickets of KKR — in-form opener Shubman Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik . Star Australian pacer Pat Cummins (1/19 from 3 overs) dismissed Steve Smith (3) as the Royals crumbled on a tricky run chase to suffer their first defeat after two successive wins.

“Archer’s first spell was 2-4 from 3 overs and the people manning the speed gun must have thought they were back in Test cricket. It was wonderful to watch, especially since he seems to just slip into 150 kmph. Then Kolkata decided that Pat Cummins must do what he does best; take the new ball and steam in. That passage of play with Cummins bowling quick to Steve Smith was what cricket was all about. Friends and teammates, now rivals. One seeking to carve the other into strange spaces on the ground, the other retaliating by running in even harder. Cummins won it but he also won a…

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