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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finally ended their six-match losing streak as they beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Meanwhile, this is also their first win against Mumbai Indians in the last seven games. Keeping their hopes alive in IPL, Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik shared words of praise for Andre Russell who has been outstanding in this tournament.
It was Russell’s out of the world that helped Kolkata post 232 runs on the board. However, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill gave a flying start before the big Jamaican took off. The openers added 96 runs for the first wicket before Russell started to entertain the Eden Gardens crowd. He remained unbeaten on 80 runs from just 40 deliveries including six fours and eight massive sixes to help his side post 200+ total. Dinesh Karthik heaped high praise on Russell and also said that the Windies all-rounder has shown great maturity this time. Also, Karthik added that it is heart-warming to see Andre Russell grow as a player.
“Russell is a great player, he’s a special player and it’s good to see him grow as a player. The maturity he’s showing is great to see. I was just talking about the same to him. These balls cost a lot and we need to ask him to keep calm,” Karthik said at the end of the game.
Credit to my bowlers
In pursuit of 233 runs, Mumbai Indians didn’t have a great start as they lost four wickets early on. But since then it was Hardik Pandya who took on the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers to play one of the best knocks in his career. He struck nine massive sixes and six boundaries in his knock of 91 runs from 34 deliveries. However, the Kolkata bowlers kept their nerves before Harry Gurney removed Pandya in the 18th over to seal the tie. Dinesh Karthik hailed Pandya but was also credited his bowlers to keep their headstrong in these difficult situations.
“It’s hard work, it was a flat wicket and they came out all guns blazing. Credit to Hardik, the way he played. Credit to my bowlers as well as they held on to their nerves. In this kind of games, we were waiting for one bad shot. We live another day, that’s important and the crowd has been fantastic,” he concluded.