IPL 2019: Mighty KKR thrashed Punjab as Rana, Russell, and Robin strikes big!
After the Mankading incident, and Andre Russell’s impossible knock there is a lot of wait for the battle of KKR vs KXIP as both the teams managed to win from the jaws of the defeat in their previous matches.
In response to KKR’s 218 Punjab lost their openers early. Rahul got out once again cheaply and even Gayle departed after two promising boundaries. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller tried their best with their half-centuries but the target was too huge to overcome. They only reduced the loss to 28 runs as Lockie Ferguson and Kuldeep Yadav shared two wickets each.
After putting into bat by KXIP, Narine provided early fireworks for the purple team with his blistering 24 off just 9 balls. After him, Nitish Rana played unbelievably well to make sure the Run rate was 10 every over. He fell to debutant Varun after scoring 63 off 34 which included 7 maximums in it.
Then came the muscular Russel who got a life as only three fielders were inside the ring when Shami bowled him with a great Yorker. Proving it costly, Russel smacked 48 off 17 deliveries and Robin Uthappa anchored the entire innings with his 67 as top scorer.
Russel was awarded the Man of the Match for his all-round show with bat and ball.