Kolkata Knight Riders beat Andre Russell the Star Again Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs
Andre Russell, who scored 49 in 19 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous IPL match in KKR, sent a massive 218 for 4 in 21 overs after being sent for batting. Later, he took two wickets for 21 runs, in which KKR stopped KXIP for 4 for 190 and emerged as the undisputed star of the match. At three, Russell was dismissed by Mohammed Shami on the last ball of the 17th over, but due to KXIP’s horror, the umpire indicated no-ball, as the guest team lacked one of the four mandatory four within 30 Found. -If the circle
30-year-old Russell made full use of the reviser because he made five sixes and three fours in the next 11 balls, which he put in to remove the crowd of Eden Gardens. He was out in the last over.
KKR scored 56 runs in 19 balls after the no-ball incident to make their highest IPL score on Eden Gardens. KKR’s innings was with 17 sixes.
Russell was not the top scorer for KKR though. Robin Uthappa took the honor, scored 67 runs out of 50 balls while not out, while Nitish Rana was the one who set fire to Eden Gardens before being dismissed with Russell’s 63.
The much anticipated competition between Jamaica, the two big hits of the rival teams, however, ended with a Russell spell in a damp squab and won against his senior compatriot Chris Gayle. ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle KXIP runs out in 13th over in 13th over with a small contribution of 20 runs in 13 balls.
The Punjab team was already in trouble as Lokesh Rahul (1) was out cheaply before Gayle in the second over. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller were left to bring KXIP back to the game. This pair did well, scored 50 runs in 4.9 overs and stole 19 runs thrown by Sunil Narine from 12th over.
But soon they found the target very difficult and it was 17.2 runs by the end of the 15th over. In the 16th over, Agarwal was dismissed by 53 runs in 34 balls while Miller remained unbeaten on 40 not out with the help of five fours and three sixes, and 28 not out at the end of KXIP.
There was some drama in the store in the sixth over when the game was stalled for some time with KXR captain Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa and after being given some runs from OverhaRha by KXIP, he was involved in animated discussions with the umpires.
Earlier, Kings XI captain Ravichandran Ashwin, playing his first match after playing ‘Playing Matching’ controversy, opted to bowl with Sunil Narine, in which he expressed his anger by scoring 24 runs on nine balls.
Rana, who hit his half-century, took Ashwin over and grabbed India’s off-spinner for two sixes and in the next over Mandeep Singh hit six consecutive sixes. Rana’s anger was such that his next 41 runs came in just 13 balls as he shared a fantastic third wicket partnership of 110 runs with 66 balls to Uthappa.
Varun Chakraborty (1/35), who made the highest bid of Rs 8.4 in the IPL auction, he found it difficult to make his debut match, because Naren hit three sixes and a four in his first over.
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