Andre Russell’s splendid all-round efficiency has led Kolkata Knight Riders to a 54-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League.
Russell cracked an unbeaten 49 off 28 balls in Kolkata’s formidable 6-177 whole on Saturday after which took 3-22, together with the important thing wicket of Kane Williamson off his second ball, as Hyderabad slumped to 8-123 and a fifth consecutive defeat.
Kolkata, who’ve misplaced Pat Cummins for the remainder of the season after the Australian captain flew dwelling with a hip damage, have saved alive their slim probabilities of reaching the playoffs.
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Hyderabad want to win each their remaining video games by enormous margins and hope different outcomes go of their favour to make the highest 4.
Kolkata made a formidable begin within the batting powerplay as Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Nitish Rana (26) struck six sixes between them.
However India’s new younger quick bowling sensation, Umran Malik (3-33), eliminated Rana and Rahane in his first over instantly after the powerplay. Malik then had captain Shreyas Iyer caught within the deep within the subsequent over.
Sam Billings mixed in a 63-run stand with Russell, who batted deep.
The Jamaican smashed three of his 4 sixes within the final over off offspinner Washington Sundar, who ended up with 0-40. Russell hit him for 20 off the final six balls.
“Plan was to give Russell as much strike as possible and we were praying that he plays the last over because Washington had an over left,” Shreyas mentioned. “It worked out pretty well.”
New Zealand captain Williamson’s run of poor kind continued for Hyderabad when he struggled for 17 deliveries earlier than getting bowled by Russell on 9 whereas trying an extravagant shot whereas shifting throughout his stumps.
Abhishek Sharma top-scored with 43 and Aiden Markram made 32 however the remainder of the batters could not address the tempo and spin of Varun Chakravarthy.
Match-again Umesh Yadav bowled properly within the powerplay and took 1-19, Tim Southee grabbed 2-23, and Russell returned and dismissed Sundar and Marco Jansen within the 18th over.