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Andre Russell Stars as Clinical Knight Riders Thrash Sunrisers by 54 Runs

Kolkata Knight Riders produced an all-round present as they registered a thumping 54-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep in rivalry for IPL 2022 playoffs on the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. Batting first, KKR posted a difficult 177/6 after which stopped SRH at 123/eight for his or her sixth win in 13 makes an attempt which has seen them climb as much as the sixth spot within the standings.

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SRH by no means seemed within the chase as they misplaced captain Kane Williamson and Rahul Tripathi cheaply. Opener Abhishek Sharma (43) and Aiden Markram (32) tried to rebuild the innings however KKR continued to hit them with common strikes.

Russell, who earlier starred with the bat to push KKR to what turned out to be a profitable complete, dazzled with the ball to as he took 3/22 from his 4 overs.

Earlier, Umran Malik was again in his groove after a number of forgettable outings as he ran by way of KKR top-order earlier than Russell’s 49 not out propel them to 177/6.

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Russell together with Sam Billings (34 off 29 balls) added 63 runs for the sixth wicket serving to them get better from a tough 94/5 at one stage.

KKR added 58 runs within the final 5 overs, primarily because of Russell as he hit three sixes off three full-tosses bowled by off-break bowler Washington Sundar (0/40 in four overs).

Malik (3/33 in four overs), who had gone for 120-odd runs in his final 10 overs (throughout Three video games) and that too wicketless, was again in his ingredient as he bowled quick and straight to do away with Nitish Rana (26 off 16 balls), Ajinkya Rahane (28 off 23 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (15 off 9 balls) in his first two overs to peg again KKR.

He did get good help from T Natarajan (1/43), who nailed the block-hole deliveries with perfection, eliminating Rinku Singh (5), who missed out on taking evaluation though it could have counted for little.

Venkatesh Iyer’s “second season blues” continued as he chopped one from Marco Jansen (1/30 in four overs) onto the stumps.

As far as Rahane is worried, he has properly previous his IPL sell-by date and even three sixes couldn’t cover the truth that he performed a number of dot balls and as soon as he began cramping, it turned much more tough to rotate the strike.

Finally he was out when he slashed arduous at a large rising supply and Shashank Singh at sweeper cowl fence maintained excellent physique stability in a aspect on place to latch on to the catch.

The KKR batting lastly seemed good when Russell and Billings took the assault again to the opposition camp with some large blows after preliminary interval of battle.

While the Jamaican had three fours and 4 sixes to his identify, Billings, on his half, hit three fours and one most.

Towards the top of the innings, wily Bhuvneshwar bowled his change-ups to minimize Russell’s scoring areas as he had a formidable 13 dot balls in his whole spell.

The win has improved KKR’s hopes of a top-four end however SRH is not going to solely must win their remaining two video games but in addition hope different outcomes go their technique to make it to the playoffs now.

With PTI Inputs

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