KKR vs KXIP Match Summary – Once again Andre Russell proved to be the hero for KKR, as his valiant 48 off 17 deliveries and two wickets helped his win second consecutive match of the IPL season 12 on Thursday.
Chasing a mammoth total of 218, Kings needed their experienced campaigners such as KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, however, both the openers departed inside 5 overs. Chris Gayle was timing the ball nicely, having hit two fours and two sixes, but it was KKR’s best All-rounder Andre Russell who accounted the left-hander only to see Punjab in all sorts of trouble.
Earlier, Sunil Narine invited the most expensive buy of this year’s IPL in his own way, hitting 25 runs off the first over of Varun Chakravarthy. However, that proved to be the only good over for the openers as both Narine and Lynn were into the pavilion inside four overs.
Robin Uthappa and and Nitish Rana, coming in at three and four respectively didn’t let the momentum sink as the duo picked from where Narine had left, hammering Kings’ bowlers to every part of the ground.
KKR vs KXIP Match Summary : It was a treat to watch the duo bat together on Wednesday, as the second wicket partnership between Rana and Uthappa saw them put on one of the best partnership of this year’s IPL, notching up 110 run for the second wicket.
Nitish Rana fell off Chakravarthy in the end, having scored a wonderful innings of 63 off just 34 deliveries. Robin Uthappa played equally good innings, scoring an unbeaten 63 off 34 balls. Uthappa’s innings included seven fours and two sixes.
But one again it was Andre Russell who stole the show at Eden Gardens. It was one of the most destructive innings you could ever see. A strong lad, Russel muscled the balls to all parts. The all-rounder came in the 15th over and not much knew how much impact he would bring in the remaining 30 deliveries. The West Indies all-rounder hit five sixes and three fours, notching up a well-made 48 off just 17 deliveries, at a strike rate of 282.35 and in the process helping his side put a daunting total of 218 runs at the end of 20 overs.