Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) still have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs as they registered their sixth win on Saturday at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Shreyas Iyer and Co. registered a 54-run win, thanks to an all-round performance from Andre Russell. Batting first, Kolkata didn’t make a great start with the bat.
Venkatesh Iyer, who looked solid in the last match, got out for just 6 runs, while the likes of Ajinkya Rahane (28 off 24) and Nitish Rana (26 off 16) failed to convert the start into big scores. Shreyas Iyer’s woes continued with the bat as he could only manage to score 15 runs in 9 balls.
At one stage, Kolkata was five wickets down for just 94 runs. However, Sam Billings and Andre Russell stitched a 63-run partnership to lead the team’s recovery. Billings played a handy knock of 34 runs in 29 balls, however, it was Andre Russell who stole the show.
He smacked three sixes in the final over off Washington Sundar to take the team to a winning score of 177 runs in the first innings. Russell played an unbeaten knock of 49 runs in 28 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.
In pursuit of the score, SRH didn’t have a great start. Abhishek Sharma was looking solid at one end but wickets kept falling at the other. The likes of Kane Williamson, Nicholas Pooran, and Rahul Tripathi failed to hit the straps. Abhishek Sharma played a handy knock of 43 runs in 28 balls.
Aiden Makram also played some heart-warming shots. He scored 32 runs in 25 balls but failed to take the team right to the end. SRH were restricted to 123 runs in the second innings, thereby falling 54 runs short of the target in the end. Andre Russell was the pick of the bowlers for SRH as he picked 3 for 22 runs in 4 overs.