IPL 2019: KKR defeated MI by 34 runs
A night of run fest it was yesterday at Eden Gardens, 430 runs in 40 overs. Dropped on one, Andre Russell aimed for the stars and didn’t miss by much. Hardik Pandya though overshadowed his unbeaten 40 balls 80 in the shade with a 34 ball 91 one six more than the Russell Muscle but still couldn’t grab a win for MI paltan.
Winning the toss, MI opted to field,
KKR Playing XI – C Lynn, S Narine, R Uthappa, S Gill, N Rana, D Karthik (c)(wk), R Singh, A Russell, P Chawla, H Gurney, S Warrier.
KKR batsmen were in a different energy yesterday night. Looked like everyone has got a Russell dose before the match. Openers Chris Lynn and Shubham Gill stitched a partnership of 96 runs for the opening wicket. Lynn made a quickfire 54 on 29 balls and departed.
Gill was joined in by Russell to take the score forward in style. Both were smashing boundaries ruthlessly. Gill scored a magnificent 76 on 45 balls but was caught out by Ewin Lewis at Hardik’s ball. But there was no stoppage for Russell and he kept on skying the shots and made a 40 ball 80 with KKR reaching to the mammoth total of 232/2.
MI Playing XI – R Sharma (c), Q de Kock (wk), E Lewis, S Yadav, K Pandya, H Pandya, K Pollard, R Chahar, B Sran, L Malinga, J Bumrah.
In reply to KKR’s blazing innings, MI had the worst start. In 8.2 overs, MI were 58/4 with all the key batsmen – Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav falling cheaply.
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard held up their horses and gave their best in controlling the innings. Hardik in the race of runs scored this season’s fastest fifty in just 17 balls. The scintillating innings was put to break by Harry Gurney on 91 in just 34 deliveries.
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