Kolkata, Mar 27 : Big hitter Andre Russell's 17-ball-48-run and grabbingbtwo wickets, including that of Chris Gayle (20) powered Kolkata Knight Riders to register their second successive win in IPL-2019 when the host defeated the visiting Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs at Eden Gardens tonight.
After being sent to bat first KKR scored 218/4, thanks to Robin Uthappa (67 not out from 50-ball), Nitish Rana's 63 from 34-ball and Sunil Narine quickfire 24 from 9-ball, and then restricted Punjab to 190/4 in 20 overs.
Andre Russell took 2/21. His another victim was Sarfaraz Khan (13).
For Kingsmen Mayank Agarwal (58), David Miller not out 59, Mandeep Singh 33 not out were the main scorers.
This was KKR second successive win at home and Kingmen's first defeat in the away play after winning their first away play against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. Thirty-year-old right handed batsman from Jamaica Andre Russell had similar impressive batting and bowling had earned Shah Rukh Khan side to post a six-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad when his 19-ball-49 and 2 wicket haul saw the local side beat the opponents here.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan also today waved his hands at the cheering crowds when Russell was hitting all around after surviving a clean bowled at 3. Russell got Chris Gayle early (20) when the latter sky rocketing a delivery from his countryman and Prasidh Krishna held the catch on his chest high. Gayle hit two sixes and two 4s in 13 balls.
Surviving a clean bowled at 3, Andre Russell resurrected himself to a blistering 17-ball-49-run to power Kolkata Knight Riders to post a huge 218 for loss of 4 wickets.
West Indian giant batsman Andre Russell. who powered KKR to six wickets win in the first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday, survived a bowled out from Md Shami at 3 after three fielders were found inside the ring, went on hitting three 4s and 5 sixes to accelerate the score. Three fielders inside the ring and hence, a no-ball under the rule. A fantastic yorker right into the black hole had beaten the West Indian, who has become fearsome in T20 cricket.
Robin Uthappa also contributed heavily for KKR scoring an unbeaten 67 from 50-ball with six 4s and 2 sixes. Earlier, the second wicket (110) partnership between Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa helped Kolkata Knight Riders to pile up 146 for loss of three wickets in 14.3 overs.
Twenty-five-year-old left handed batsman from Delhi Nitish Rana, who made highest 68 runs for KKR in the first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, was again in his form and hit 7 sixes and 2 boundaries in only 34-ball. He was caught Mayank Agarwal when he lifted for big off debutante Varun Chakravarty.
KKR after having a poor first over that earned them only one run from Mohammed Shami's spell, opening batsman Sunil Narine compensated in the following over and collected 24 runs with three sixes and a boundary. Spinner Varun Chakravarty in his first over conceded 25 runs.
But the host lost two quick wickets in a span of two runs (1-34) and (2-36) when run rate looked pretty well in T20. Reckless batting from Chris Lynn (10) and Sunil Narine (24-9-ball), as both lifted sky-high while attempting for big hit.
While David Miller held the catch of Chris Lynn, wicket keeper Lokesh Rahul safely held the catch of the West Indian. Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Hardus Viljoen and Andrew Tye took one wicket each. (UNI)