Andre Russell powered Kolkata Knight Riders to their first victory of the season. Russell Muscle was seen back in form on Friday. He played an explosive knock of 70 off 31, including 8 massive sixes and two boundaries.
KKR was at a score of 51-4 after the end of 7 overs and seemed in trouble after a brilliant double-over maiden by Rahul Chahar. The next man in was Andre Russell who dominated entire Punjab’s bowling attack, hitting sixes at every part of the ground. Kolkata easily chased the total of 137 by 6 wickets with 33 balls remaining.
Sam Billings played a sensible inning of 24 runs off 23 balls and constantly provided strike to the man in-form Andre Russell. Rahul Chahal (2/13) and Kagiso Rabada (1/23) were the only picks of the bowlers for Punjab, with the rest of the players being expensive. Russell is one of the main players in the KKR’s squad, and his performance today would add immense confidence in the dressing room.