Andre Russell’s splendid all-round functionality has led Kolkata Knight Riders to a 54-operate get more than Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Leading League.
Russell cracked an unbeaten 49 off 28 balls in Kolkata’s formidable 6-177 whole on Saturday and then took 3-22, including the crucial wicket of Kane Williamson off his next ball, as Hyderabad slumped to 8-123 and a fifth consecutive defeat.
Kolkata, who have dropped Pat Cummins for the relaxation of the season soon after the Australian captain flew household with a hip injury, have held alive their slim chances of achieving the playoffs.
Hyderabad will need to win both equally their remaining games by large margins and hope other success go in their favour to make the prime four.
Kolkata manufactured an spectacular get started in the batting powerplay as Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Nitish Rana (26) struck 6 sixes among them.
But India’s new younger fast bowling sensation, Umran Malik (3-33), taken off Rana and Rahane in his to start with in excess of promptly right after the powerplay. Malik then had captain Shreyas Iyer caught in the deep in the future in excess of.
Sam Billings merged in a 63-run stand with Russell, who batted deep.
The Jamaican smashed 3 of his 4 sixes in the final about off offspinner Washington Sundar, who finished up with -40. Russell hit him for 20 off the very last 6 balls.
“Approach was to give Russell as a great deal strike as achievable and we had been praying that he plays the last about due to the fact Washington experienced an above still left,” Shreyas reported. “It labored out quite properly.”
New Zealand captain Williamson’s operate of inadequate sort ongoing for Hyderabad when he struggled for 17 deliveries just before acquiring bowled by Russell on 9 although trying an extravagant shot although relocating across his stumps.
Abhishek Sharma prime-scored with 43 and Aiden Markram manufactured 32 but the rest of the batters could not cope with the tempo and spin of Varun Chakravarthy.
In good shape-again Umesh Yadav bowled effectively in the powerplay and took 1-19, Tim Southee grabbed 2-23, and Russell returned and dismissed Sundar and Marco Jansen in the 18th in excess of.