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IPL 2015 KKR vs KXIP: Andre Russell Powers Kolkata Knight Riders To Victory Over Kings XI Punjab

By on April 19, 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders 159 for 6 (Russell 66, Pathan 28*, Sandeep 4-25) beat Kings XI Punjab 155 for 9 (Bailey 60, Maxwell 33, Umesh 3-33, Narine 1-17)…

Andre Russell smashed a breathtaking 36-ball 66 to power Kolkata Knight Riders to four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.

Kolkata were tottering at 60/5 when Russell joined Yusuf Pathan at the crease and from there on took the Punjab bowling by the scruff of their neck with a brutal assault smashing nine fours and two sixes.

The defending champions chased down the 156-run target in 17.5 overs thanks to the breathtaking shots by the powerful West Indian, who added 95 runs with Pathan (28*) for the sixth wicket before getting clean bowled by Mitchell Johnson just one run short of victory.

Sandeep Sharma took 4/25 to do all the damage for Punjab but they had no answer to the power-hitting by Russell.

Sandeep swung the ball both ways to snare four wickets and put Punjab in front, but Russell changed the complexion of the game with a flurry of breathtaking shots. He took a heavy toll off Axar Patel, Thisara Perera and Johnson’s bowling.

IPL 2015 KKR vs KXIP: Andre Russell

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

Earlier, a disciplined performance by the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers enabled them to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 155/9.

For the home team, skipper George Bailey played a useful hand with a 45-ball-60 while Glenn Maxwell (33) also showed some promise during his brief stay as KKR bowlers performed as a unit giving away hardly anything.

Pacers Umesh Yadav (3/33), Morne Morkel (2/27) and Andre Russell (2/39) were impressive as they never let the KXIP batsmen dominate the bowling for a lengthy period of time.

Spinner Sunil Narine (1/17) was the most economical bowler for the defending champions.

Russell was also a livewire in the field as he took couple of well-judged catches.

The highlight of the KXIP innings was a 63-run stand for the fourth wicket between Bailey and Maxwell, who first time looked in some sort of touch. Bailey had five fours and two sixes in his innings.

Maxwell got a lease of life when Yusuf Pathan dropped a dolly at deep mid-wicket off Russell’s bowling. It was the simplest of chances as Maxwell was on 13 and KXIP not out of woods at 51 for three.

But the Aussie couldn’t capitalise on the miss although he showed glimpses of returning back to form during his 26-ball 33 that had two fours and two sixes.

He added 63 with skipper Bailey before being holed out off Yadav’s bowling as Russell took a lovely catch diving forward at sweeper boundary.

After being put into bat, Murali Vijay (0) failed to open his account as he was done in by extra bounce with Russell taking a smart catch running from mid-wicket.

Wriddhiman Saha (15) did hit a four and a six but didn’t look comfortable against the extra bounce. After successfully connecting two pull shots, he failed while attempting a third pull off Morne Morkel as the thickish outside edge was taken by Pathan at first slip.

Virender Sehwag (11) hit a lovely square drive off Russell bisecting the two fielders at point and gully. But Russell got the revenge as he fired one towards his pads and the flick was snapped by Piyush Chawla at short square leg at reduce KXIP to 27/3 before Maxwell-Bailey duo resurrected the innings.

Source: Times of India

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