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Andre Russell’s Thunderous Outing Outweighs Pandya’s Herculean Effort

The second game of the Super IPL Sunday between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) was an absolute blockbuster. The jam packed crowd seated at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata got to witness an incredible run-fest and some fantabulous power-hitting as well. The match saw a phenomenal total of 430 runs being scored combined by both the teams in the 40 overs duration. While coming to the talking point, hosts Kolkata Knight Riders handed a 34-run defeat to Mumbai Indians in their final home game of the season. With this win, the Dinesh Karthik-led team have also kept their playoff hopes very much alive.

The belligerent trio of Russell, Gill and Lynn team-up to take the full throttle

MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and as usual opted to bowl first because he reckoned that the wicket won’t change much throughout the 40 overs of the game. The two KKR openers, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill started taking the Mumbai bowlers on remand from the first over itself. The opening duo smashed a blazing total of 50 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Lynn initially took some time to settle down but after that he oozed off all the pressure with a brilliant knock of 54 runs which included 8 fours and 2 sixes.

After the fabulous opening of 96 runs, Andre Russell was sent up the order to do the further damage. The in-form all-rounder joined hands with Gill to take the full toll in the middle-overs with some crisp boundaries and astounding power-hitting. Gill looked in a great touch, compiling a superb innings of 76 runs off just 45 balls. Andre Russell took the full throttle of the opportunity and blasted an incredible unbeaten knock of 80 runs that came off only 40 balls and consisted of eight gigantic sixes and six fours. KKR registered a monumental first innings total of 232 runs in their 20 overs, while the MI bowlers had an awful outing.

KKR bowlers survive Hardik Pandya massacre

In the second innings, the visitors got off to a disappointing start as both their in-form openers, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma got dismissed within the first four overs. The duo of Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav got starts but they failed to convert them into big innings and with their wickets, MI got reduced to in a spot of bother at 58 for 4. After those jitters, the explosive pair of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard joined hands to resurrect the Mumbai innings out of the troublesome situation.

The duo of Pandya and Pollard started toying with the KKR bowlers in all parts of the ground and they compiled a staggering partnership of 63 runs that too at a smacking pace. Pandya came out in a dazzling mood, racking up the fastest fifty of VIVO IPL 2019 that came off just 17 balls. He played a terrific knock of 91 runs off just 34 balls which included 9 monstrous sixes and 6 fours. With this blinder, Pandya also injected some outrageous firepower in the run-chase and also somehow kept his team in the game.

Andre Russell fittingly took the catch of the younger Pandya brother to bring an end to one of the most astonishing innings witnessed in VIVO IPL 2019. After Pandya’s dismissal, the matters for the KKR bowlers were almost reduced to formality. Piyush Chawla capped off his horrid outing on a positive note, giving just eight runs in the final over and with that KKR also picked up an emphatic win. After a sensational effort with the bat, Russell was also the pick of the KKR bowlers, claiming two crucial wickets with an impressive economy rate.

Brief Scores:

KKR: 232/2 in 20 overs (Andre Russell-80*, Shubman Gill-76, Chris Lynn-54; Hardik Pandya 1/31)

MI: 198/7 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya-91; Andre Russell 2/25, Harry Gurney 2/37)

Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 34 runs.