In a throwback to KKR’s final match, Russell scored a damaging 17-ball 48 © IPL
Kings XI Punjab made 4 adjustments to their eleven from the earlier recreation, nevertheless it did little to cowl up their shortcomings general. Within the face of some unimaginable hitting from Nitish Rana (63 off 34) first and later Andre Russell (48 off 17) as Kolkata Knight Riders rattled up a large 218/four after being put in to bat. KXIP have been left ruing the alternatives they missed, significantly an enormous one in opposition to Russell.
A pricey nap
A small, however essential, little bit of play was observed by the umpires when Russell was simply on three. He had been bowled by a Mohammed Shami yorker however KXIP had solely three fielders contained in the ring, one quick in accordance with the foundations. It was deemed a no-ball and left R Ashwin, the KXIP captain, howling in anger. They’d been caught napping, and now they needed to pay the worth.
A Russell encore
Quickly after that reprieve, Russell went on an Eight-ball spree that went 6,four, four, 6, 6, 6, 6, four in opposition to Andrew Tye and Shami. The pacers have been responsible of transferring away from the yorker plan, and lacking their mark once they went again to it. And for the second recreation in a row, Russell emphasised why he is essentially the most harmful hitter within the demise overs.
Rana trumps Ashwin
Ashwin’s captaincy strikes have been off the mark all through. He had began with the spin of debutant Varun Chakravarthy to open the innings, who was promptly carted for 25 runs within the over by a rampaging Sunil Narine. And regardless of getting Narine and his companion, Chris Lynn via tempo, KXIP acquired no respite. The center-overs battle between Nitish Rana and R Ashwin had just one winner with the left-hander smacking 4 sixes off Ashwin to get his innings going and hitting two extra earlier than rattling onto a 28-ball fifty. Between the blitzes of Rana and Russell, KKR additionally had Robin Uthappa holding the innings along with a 50-ball 67 to set KKR up for a large whole.
A chase that by no means took off
KXIP’s greatest bets within the chase, their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul have been again within the dugout contained in the powerplay successfully killing the chase. Whereas Rahul’s launch shot in opposition to Lockie Ferguson after a collection of dot balls discovered mid off, Gayle was finished in by Russell’s wanting size supply giving a catch to mid on. Whereas Mayank Agarwal and later David Miller each cracked fifites, KXIP have been at no level threatening to get near the required run-rate thereafter. That they completed solely 28 runs quick was a flattering outcome ultimately.
The place they go subsequent
KXIP have their first dwelling recreation of the season arising in two days in opposition to Mumbai Indians. And after two dwelling video games on the trot, KKR will now journey away for 4 video games, the primary of which can be in opposition to Delhi Capitals on March 30.
Temporary Scores: KKR 218/four (Robin Uthappa 67*, Nitish Rana 63, Andre Russell 48) beat KXIP 190/four (Mayank Agarwal 58, David Miller 59*; Andre Russell 2-21) by 28 runs