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‘Sometimes stuff shows up on my Instagram’: Andre Russell’s epic description of Whirlwind Knock vs SRH | Cricket News


After his team’s four-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell said pacer Harshit Rana wants that the last one was over and congratulated the young leader on his return. well after conceding a six while defending 13 runs in the final. Despite an all-round show from Russell, SRH’s Heinrich Klaasen threatened to ruin KKR’s party and dented Mitchell Starc’s IPL comeback, rewarded over Rs 24 crore, with some massive sixes. But a win was not meant to be for SRH as Harshit managed to keep his cool and defended 13 runs in the last over despite Klaasen hitting him for a huge six early on. Harshit then picked up two wickets, including that of Klaasen.

After the match, Russell, crowned Player of the Match for his fifty-two wickets, said in the presentation: “It shows a lot about his (Harshit) character. He told me he wanted the last one finished, he claimed it and came back strong. after the first ball, it was six.”

On his batting and contribution to KKR’s victories over the years, the hard-hitting hitter said: “Sometimes stuff pops up on my Instagram and I realize how well I hit the ball. It shows that you are doing good. I tried to react with whatever happened. For the last 2 years the bowlers have plans against me. I have been digging the runs and I know everyone has a plan for me .

“I was on the bench from the start and just tried to be helpful. This franchise means a lot to me, what I did tonight was just a way to prove what this jersey means to me. I hope I can continue to perform like this,” he concluded.

Put into bat first by SRH, KKR were reduced to 51/4 in 7.3 overs. However, a half-century from Phil Salt (54 in 40 balls, with three fours and three sixes) and an explosive knock from Ramandeep Singh (35 in 17 balls, with fours and four sixes) kept the pace going. very good team, but they still struggled at 119/6 in 13.5 overs.

An explosive 67-run partnership followed between Andre Rusell (64* in 25 balls, with three fours and seven sixes) and Rinku Singh (23 in 15 balls, with three fours), propelling KKR to 208/7 in 20 overs.

T Natrajan (3/32) and Mayank Markande (2/32) were the best bowlers for SRH.

In the chase for 209 runs, SRH started well with a 60-run opening stand between Mayank Agarwal (32 in 21 balls with four boundaries and a six) and Abhishek Sharma (32 in 19 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes ). The team lost their way and were soon 145/5 in 16.5 overs.

However, Heinrich Klaasen (63 in 29 balls with eight sixes) and Shahbaz Ahmed (16 in five balls, with a four and two sixes) produced an unprecedented barrage of sixes towards the end, torching pacer Mitchell Starc with a price of over Rs 24. crore for 26 runs in his over, finishing his opening figures for KKR at 0/53 in four overs. 13 runs were needed in the final over, but Harshit Rana (3/33) held on, taking two wickets and defending the remaining runs.

Andre Russell earned the Player of the Match award for his half-century and figures of 2/25.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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