Kolkata Knight Riders produced a medical present towards Sunrisers Hyderabad due to the brilliance of Andre Russell who starred with the bat and the ball in a massive 54-run win towards Sunrisers Hyderabad on the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday evening. Russell made an unbeaten 49 after which took three wickets later to maintain his staff’s hopes of a top-four end alive and kicking.
The ball was there to hit. A brief and extensive supply and Ajinkya Rahane went for the upper-cut towards Umran Malik. He linked it effectively however Shashank Singh within the deep was to drag off an outstanding catch. Had he not made the try, the ball was destined to fall past the boundary for a six. So Shashank first confirmed presence of thoughts by stretching his palms to take the catch after which as he misplaced stability and tumbled, held his nerves and noticed that his leg was simply millimetres away from touching the promoting cushions however he pulled again within the nick of time and despatched Rahane strolling again to the dug-out.
Umran Ends His Wait
Umran has emerged as one of many rising stars this season. He has thrilled everybody together with his pace. The teenager has put in some sturdy performances with a five-wicket haul being his better of the season thus far and that too towards a powerful staff like Gujarat Titans. However, since that, type abandoned him. He bowled 10 wicketless overs within the subsequent three matches and went for loads of runs – 125 to be precise. He roared again to type towards KKR although taking three massive wickets in his first two overs. He first despatched again Nitish Rana after which removed one other well-set batter in Ajinkya Rahane in the identical over. He additional dented KKR when he had their captain Shreyas Iyer caught within the deep in his subsequent over and ultimately completed with respectable figures of three/33.
T Natarajan bowled an outstanding yorker to Rinku Singh that hit him on the pad and after an eternity, the umpire raised his index finger. The two KKR batters – Rinku and Sam Billings – engaged in a mid-pitch dialog. Surprisingly, Billings made the sign earlier than the timer ran out. The umpire requested Rinku to stroll off as he ran out of time to problem the on-field resolution. And then a dialogue adopted with the umpires informing the batters concerning the rule that the T sign ought to have come from Rinku and never Billings. KKR coach Brendon McCullum was seen chatting with the fourth umpire. A dejected Rinku needed to take an extended stroll again to the dug-out.
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Williamson’s Struggle Continue
Three of the modern-day greats – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson – are going via a forgettable IPL season. All three open for his or her respective franchises (Kohli was promoted from No 3 after preliminary few matches) and have struggled spectacularly. However, of the three, solely Williamson has scored at lower than run-a-ball. The SRH captain has scored 208 runs from 12 innings with a greatest rating of 57 – his solely fifty of the season thus far. And what’s worse is his strike-rate which is a poor 92.85. At the identical time, his opening accomplice Abhishek Sharma has scored 374 runs at a strike-rate of 134.53. Time for Williamson to drop himself down within the center order?
Should KKR go on to win the title this season, they may have one man to thank for it – Andre Russell. The allrounder has single-handedly stored them alive and kicking regardless of a season which has been in any other case underwhelming from their perspective. On Saturday, he belted 49 off 28 after which took three wickets as effectively. With his three wickets, he now has develop into solely the fifth participant in IPL historical past to attain at the least 300 runs and take 15 wickets in a single season.
Russell has now scored 330 runs and brought 17 wickets.