IPL 2019, Match 6- KKR vs KXIP: Chris Gayle is Still a Bigger Hitter than Me Says Andre Russell
Kolkata Knight Riders continued their winning run in Vivo IPL 12 as they romped home in their 2nd home game against the Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs. It was a great all-round effort by KKR yet again to win their 2nd match. Andre Russell proved to be the game-changer yet again and smashed 48 of just 17 deliveries to ensure Kolkata to a score of 218 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and put the hosts in. Openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine came out in the middle to begin proceedings. After a brilliant opening over by Mohammad Shami, debutant Varun Chakravarthy conceded 25 runs in his very first over of IPL. Sunil Narine went berserk and smashed the youngster all around Eden Gardens.
Despite a good start by both the batters, KKR lost Narine and Chris Lynn in quick succession which put them in the backfoot. However, it was Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa who resurrected the innings with some exceptional batting. Rana, in particular, fond the gaps on a consistent basis and played the spinners very well.
Uthappa supported him well and found the gaps at important junctures. Both scored a half-century and shared a stand of 110 between them. Rana was dismissed 63 off 34 deliveries which included a couple of fours and 7 sixes. Despite their brilliance, the game changer again proved to be Andre Russell.
Andre Rusell powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a score of 218 runs
He continued his big hitting prowess and smashed 48 of just 17 deliveries which were studded with 3 fours and 5 sixes. The hosts eventually finished on 218/4 in 20 overs which was the highest total in this tournament so far. It is just the start but Russell could well prove to be the all-time best all-rounder of IPL cricket.
Kings XI Punjab openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle came out to chase the big target. Rahul’s poor form continued and he was dismissed by Lockie Ferguson in his very first over. Chris Gayle struck some lusty blows but couldn’t continue his domination and was dismissed after making 20 of 13 deliveries which included a couple of fours and sixes each.
The KKR bowlers were brilliant in the middle overs and never really allowed Punjab to strike big in accordance with the required rate. Mayank Agarwal looked in great touch and struck his first half-century in IPL since 2015. He was dismissed by Piyush Chawla as the leggie bowled a brilliant wrong un which breached his defence.
David Miller also struck a few good blows but the target proved to be way too much in the end. Miller eventually remained unbeaten on 59 as KKR completed a comprehensive victory in the end by 28 runs.
Here is what Man of the Match Andre Rusell said at the post-match presentation
I think I have to make a bigger garage with all these cars. Gayle is like a brother to me, the legend. To get him out early was great. I am happy that I could get the job done. Today I hit some big ones, but he (Gayle) is still the bigger hitter. Thanks to that guy was not inside.
When I got bowled, I was like. Mmmm I missed it. But then when I saw the umpire check for the no-ball I was like please God let this be a free-hit for front foot, but it was given for. but it was given for the fielder’s mistake
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