The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were under high pressure in the must-win game against the Mumbai Indians (MI). They lost six games before this and had to win here at all costs. But they came back in a scintillating manner, defeating Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Andre Russell went berserk in this game putting a full-stop to all the pre-match talks. Along with Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn, he lit up the Eden Garden with a devastating knock.
The Mumbai Indians’ bowlers were clobbered to all corners of the park. Even the best in the business, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga couldn’t resist this carnage. 232 – the score that KKR put up in this game is their second-highest in the IPL. Such a massive total was never chased down and it didn’t happen this time either. Hardik Pandya played an exceptional knock in this game but his efforts weren’t sufficient. While KKR stay alive in the tournament, MI will have to wait longer to qualify for the playoffs.
It was about going all aggressive
After the match, Shubman Gill, who played a sensational innings of 76 runs, addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and mentioned that the thought was about going on all aggressive mode. Gill stated that after losing six games on trot, the KKR team desperately wanted to return back to winning ways. He revealed that they now hope to carry on this run till the very end.
“It was about going all aggressive as we had back-up options. The support was important. We had lost six matches in a row so it was about returning to winning ways and carry on that run till the final,” said Shubman Gill.
He was sent in to capitalise on the start
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, 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. 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.
“We had a good opening partnership maybe he was sent in to capitalise on that. I was set when Russell came in to bat. They were employing spinners after Lynn got out. So we decided that I take on the spinners. Then he will take chances after getting set. Setting up a good partnership was our priority at that stage,” Gill added.