Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has crashed out of the IPL 2019 following a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against the three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions – Mumbai Indians (MI). But, jarringly, things looked awful for the Kolkata-based franchise on an off-the-field. Following a decent start, KKR faltered in the midst of the ongoing when they lost six matches on the trot. However, in their do-or-die clash, on Sunday night, Andre Russell has faced the heat which saw him brushing the shoulder of Quinton de Kock.
With the exclusion of KKR, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has made it to the playoffs of the IPL 2019 alongside Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) an Indians.
In the recently-held game, KKR’s all-rounder has bumped into Indians’ wicketkeeper-batsman after the latter has taken him to the cleaners.
The Windies supremely gifted professional Russell has garnered 510 runs at an exceptional average of 56.66. During his stay, he has struck four-half centuries to his name with his strike-rate reading 204.81.
With his medium pace bowling, Russell has snared 11 wickets at an average of 26.09 in 14 matches.
At the top, de Kock 30 (23) alongside skipper Rohit Sharma 55* (48) knitted crucial 46-run partnership. Whereas, Suryakumar Yadav played an unbeaten quickfire knock of 27-ball 46.
Russell’s rare failure with the bat and ball saw hosts winning the game comfortably when they required 134 to win.
Earlier, Dinesh Karthik-led side posted 133 for seven in 20 allotted overs. Interestingly, Russell bagged a golden duck when de Kock completed a regulation catch on the bowling of Lasith Malinga.
De Kock thrashes Russell:
The southpaw de Kock has slammed two sixes and as many fours as Russell conceded 21 runs in his very first over.
Overall, he conceded 34 runs in 2.1 overs.
After leaking runs, aimed a wild throw at the non-striker’s end when de Kock was scampering for a single. The incident unfolded on the fourth delivery of Sandeep Warrier’s over.
While speaking to the IPL T20 digital, de Kock who’s known for maintaining a calm approach has played down the episode. He reiterated it was amusing, to say the least.
“It was just a bit of fun out there. Think he was a bit angry as I took him on,” de Kock responded to teammate Ishan Kishan’s question.
The South African star batsman de Kock revealed Russell seemed to be angry following an on-field beating. As soon as Russell nudged his shoulder, de Kock wore an exasperated look. But, Russell was not in any mood to apologise for his tantrums.
Here’s the video of de Kock during an interview with Ishan Kishan:
'Russell was probably angry as I took him on': de Kock
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