IPL 2019 – Russell’s all-round performance against KXIP help KKR secure another win
The match which took place yesterday night was no less than a thriller. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the night over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) with Russell’s showplay.
Winning the toss, KXIP decided to field first giving KKR the opportunity to set the target.
KKR Playing XI – C Lynn, N Rana, R Uthappa, S Narine, D Karthik* (wk), S Gill, A Russell, P Chawla, K Yadav, P Krishna, L Ferguson.
Though the openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine departed early. Some dazzling performances by Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell guided KKR to a magnificent total of 218. Uthappa and Rana established a 110 run partnership with both scoring a half-century. Rana scored a thrilling 28 ball fifty but lost his wicket at 63 by handing over the catch in hands of Mayank Agarwal.
Andre Russell who came to bat at No. 5 flickered the stadium hitting runs everywhere. Russell made a 17 ball 48 with 3 boundaries and 5 sixes. Unfortunately, the West Indies all-rounder fall short just 2 runs from the half-century.
To chase the monumental total of 218, KXIP began their innings.
KXIP Playing XI – L Rahul (wk), C Gayle, M Agarwal, S Khan, D Miller, M Singh, R Ashwin*, H Viljoen, V Chakravarthy, M Shami, A Tye.
Reaching out to the target, KXIP suffered an early blow with Lokesh Rahul departing for just 5 runs. The Universe Boss who everyone was rooting for could also not make it big for the night and threw away his wicket for after scoring just 20 runs. Amusingly, Russell was the one to dismiss Chris Gayle early.
Three overs after Gayle’s wicket, Russell blew away Sarfaraz Khan too leaving Punjab in a tight spot. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller clubbed up 74 runs in the middle. The duo was broken by Piyush Chawla. Even with 6 wickets still in hand, KXIP was not able to cope with the rising run rate and the innings ended with Punjab losing by 28 runs.
Russell proved to be a star in all aspects of the game and was awarded the Man of the Match.
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