“We Were Waiting For That One Russell Innings”: KKR Captain Nitish Rana
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Nitish Rana’s await Andre Russell’s return to kind ended because the power-hitter performed a superb knock to take his group to victory towards Punjab Kings (PBKS) at Eden Gardens. KKR gained an exciting match towards PBKS in a last-over end. A half-century by Nitish Rana and fiery cameos from Andre Russell and Rinku Singh helped Kolkata clinch a five-wicket win.
Andre Russell performed a match-winning knock of 42 off 23 balls. Notably, he had not delivered a exceptional knock for his group until now.
In the post-match presentation, the KKR captain stated, “10 matches have gone, we were all waiting for that one Russell innings to come. He was one innings away, I kept backing him saying you have done a lot, and you will 100% win us a game.”
“When I was batting, I wanted to hold one end. Venky had a problem with his ankle so we were trying to get one big over here and there. This pitch was a feel of home advantage as well. Our bowlers bowled badly at the death, I was angry that we conceded that many because this was a 160-165 run wicket,” he additional stated.
“I just keep telling him, believe in yourself because what you have achieved is something not many people ever will. When he was batting, the whole crowd was chanting ‘Rinku, Rinku’. That is what he has earned this year. I’ve been at this franchise for many years now, I’m used to the Eden crowd screaming ‘Russell, Russell’ but to hear them shout ‘Rinku, Rinku’ makes me feel very happy and proud. That’s the respect he has earned this season,” he added.
In the chase of 180, Nitish scored 51 off 38, Andre Russell 42 of 23 and Rinku Singh 21 off 10.
For PBKS, Rahul Chahar picked two wickets conceding 23 runs in 4 overs. Harpreet Brar and Nathan Ellis dismissed one batter every.
Earlier, a half-century by skipper Shikhar Dhawan and late cameos by Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar guided Punjab Kings to a aggressive 179/7.
Shikhar scored 57 off 47 balls, Jitesh Sharma 21 off 18 balls and Rishi Dhawan scored a fast 19 off 11 balls.
Varun Chakravarthy was the decide of the bowlers for KKR, taking 3/26 in 4 overs. Harshit took two wickets whereas Suyash and Nitish obtained one every.
KKR is within the fifth spot within the factors desk with 5 wins, six losses and a complete of 10 factors. PBKS has slipped to the seventh place within the desk with 10 factors because of a low net-run price.
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