IPL: Russell muscles KKR out of losses

Ross Houston
April 30, 2019

KKR vs MI, IPL 2019 Match 47, Key Players: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock And Other Cricketers to Watch Out for at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Like a reliable engine generating vast horsepower, Andre Russell's awe-inspiring pair of arms once again produced a fiery 40-ball 80 to propel Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians (MI) and kept its play-offs hopes alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. Even Rohit Sharma's stay was a brief one and the top four of the visitors were never in the game.

At 58/4, Mumbai were down and out but Hardik Pandya reignited their hopes with a breathtaking 91 off 34 balls. The all-rounder smacked the ball out of the park from the word go. But Harry Gurney killed the contest by dismissing him in the 18th over and Mumbai could only reach 198 runs after 20 overs as KKR finally won the game after six matches and they are still alive in the tournament.

Russell smashed his first six in the 13th ball of his innings, hitting Chahar for two back-to-back maximums in the 14th over. The former started hitting in the first over itself off Barinder Sran. He scored nearly half of his team's runs and scored them at a strike rate of 267.64. Everyone contributed for the home team with youngster Shubhman Gill smashing 76 from 45 balls.

KKR hugely gained from the Russell storm to post a mammoth 232 for two, the highest total of the season.

After Lynn's dismissal in the 10th over, Russell made the most of a reprieve - he was dropped on 1 by Evin Lewis - to remain unbeaten and blast his highest score this season with the help of six fours and eight sixes, including one off the last ball of the innings. Though Hardik threatened with his big knock, the score proved enough eventually.

Other reports by iNewsToday