IPL 2022, KKR vs PBKS: Andre Russell delighted Kolkata fans and brought relief to captain Shreyas Iyer when he inflicted injury by failing to hit a 31-ball 70 as Kolkata chased Friday 139 vs Punjab in just 14.3 overs in Mumbai on Friday.
I feel great man, Andre Russell says after destroying Punjab Kings (AFP photo)
- Russell hit 8 sixes for his 31-ball 70 against PBKS
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- Captain Iyer relieved as Russell shows glimpse of vintage himself
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Andre Russell was excited after his unbeaten 70 from 31 balls helped his side crush Punjab Kings by 6 wickets in their third match of IPL 2022.
KKR chased 138 and was in trouble, but the hard hitting Andre Russell came into his own and crushed 8 sixes in a blistering, undefeated 90-run partnership with Sam Billings. Russell raced to 70 from just 31 balls as KKR chased a 139 . target with 33 balls left.
After the game, Russell said he felt “great” with his efforts and revealed that he told Billings he would go into attack mode as soon as he started sweating.
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Russell added that he could have knocked out just one of his 8 sixes, clearly deflating Punjab Kings after they dashed their hopes by lowering KKR to 51 for 4 in the 7th over.
“I feel great, this is why we play the game. In that position I know what I can do,” said Russell.
“It was good to have someone like Sam who can pivot and help us get through the tough time. Once I started sweating I just said I’m going. I supported my ability and that’s what I did tonight I am happy to bring the team over the line.
“I’m going to say one,” Russell added when asked how many he averaged out of his 8 sixes.
Meanwhile, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer said he was relieved to see Andre Russell’s six-hitting spree against Punjab Kings.
There were some questions about Russell’s form and fitness, but KKR showed confidence in him and dragged him in as one of the 4 retained for the IPL 2022 mega sale. Russell has been hampered by injury concerns for the past two seasons, playing just 10 games a day. season. He had scored just 183 runs and 117 runs in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Russell had also run into a glitch while fielding in KKR’s 2nd game against RCB on Wednesday, but showed no signs of discomfort as he sent balls into the night sky on Friday.
“It was such a relief to see him hit so clearly. Just excellent hitting – it was Russell muscle, seriously,” said Captain Iyer.