IPL 2021: Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik added 81 in simply six overs in opposition to CSK.© BCCI/IPL
Andre Russell’s 54 off 22 and Pat Cummins’ unbeaten 66 off 34 weren’t sufficient to take Kolkata Knight Riders previous Chennai Tremendous Kings’ 220 for 3 on a featherbed in Mumbai. Dropping 5 wickets contained in the Powerplay got here again to hang-out KKR in the direction of the top of the chase as Russell was bowled on a supply he left alone and KKR scrambled to 202 earlier than dropping their final wicket via run out with 5 balls nonetheless to play. Dinesh Karthik’s 24-ball 40 was additionally useful however what the two-time champions rued probably the most was the failure of the highest order. That is what wants to alter once they tackle Rajasthan Royals, who’ve their very own points to cope with, on Saturday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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Russell roared again into type in a high-pressure run chase with KKR in hassle at 31 for five. He attacked from the phrase go and hit 6 sixes and three fours in his 54-run knock. A partnership of 81 runs with Karthik in simply six overs labored wonders for KKR as CSK bowlers struggled to grip the ball with dew on the bottom. Russell’s dismissal was a tame one however he can now be counted on with each bat and ball, which is a large constructive for KKR.
Karthik performed the right assist position to Russell and even took the assault to the opposition, hitting 4 fours and a pair of sixes in his 24-ball knock. The 2 finishers introduced KKR again from the jaws of defeat and put them inside touching distance of the very best chase in IPL 2021, but it surely wasn’t to be. Karthik has all the time been a T20 specialist and with runs in his kitty he’ll now be doubly harmful.
When Russel and Karthik had been dismissed within the final match, KKR’s hopes appeared diminished, however Cummins’ revived his workforce with some clear hitting in the direction of the demise. He hit 6 sixes and 4 fours in his 66 and had it not been for the wickets on the different finish might have taken KKR nearer to the goal than the place they finally completed. His contributions with the ball can by no means be ignored both.