IPL 2022: Russell-Billings 63-run stand power KKR at 177/6 against SRH
Pune: Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during the Indian Premier League 2022 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad at MCA International Stadium in Pune, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (SportzPics/PTI Photo)
Pune (Maharashtra): A 63-run stand between Sam Billings (34) and Andre Russell took Kolkata Knight Riders to a solid 177/6 in their 20 overs at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday. It was a solid day with the bat for KKR, as everyone made useful contributions to help the team get a solid score. Umran Malik was one of the bowlers for SRH, who once again impressed with three scalps in his kitty.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a poor start as opener Venkatesh Iyer was bowled for just 7 runs by pacer Marco Jensen in the second over of the match. This brought batsman Nitish Rana to the crease. Things were not really good for KKR till the fourth over as the duo of Jansen and Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept the run flow tight.
Second opener Ajinkya Rahane and compatriot Rana opened their attack on the SRH bowlers in the fifth over, leading them to a fine score by the end of the powerplay. 18 and 17 were scored in the fifth and sixth overs bowled by pacers T Natarajan and Janssen respectively, helping Knight Riders reach a solid 55/1 at the end of the powerplay, with Rana (24*) and Rahane (20*) hitting the ground. were standing. long.
The pair continued their strong run before fast bowler Umran Malik dismissed Rana for 26 for 16 with the help of Shashank Singh’s safe hands, ending a 48-run stand between the two. This brought captain Shreyas Iyer to the ground, who welcomed Malik with a boundary at backward point. Malik dismissed Rahane for 28 for 24 and Shashank Singh took another catch.
This brought Englishman Sam Billings to the crease. In the 10th over, Iyer was Malik’s next victim as he was dismissed for 15 for 9 at deep midwicket by Rahul Tripathi. By the end of 10 overs, KKR had lost the momentum started through the Rana-Rahane stand as they stood. At 83/4 with Sam Billings (3*), who was joined by Rinku Singh.
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Singh was eventually dismissed for Natarajan in the 12th over, scoring only 5. With this, KKR’s half returned to the pavilion with a score of 94. Andre Russell came to the crease, with the responsibility of stitching up a match-saving stand and hammering his way through the SRH bowling attack. He and Billings resumed KKR’s rebuilding efforts with some strike rotation and occasional heavy hits.
At the end of 15 overs, KKR stood on 119/5, with Billings (15*) and Russell (16*) on the side. Billings hit Malik for two consecutive fours in the 16th over, which ended on a costly note for the fast bowler, conceding 10 runs, ending his spell with three wickets and conceding 33 runs. Kumar’s next over went for 13 runs. Natarajan took the ball in the 18th over with the responsibility of stopping the run flow in the death overs.
Both shared a 50-run partnership in 36 balls. Billings hit a six off the very next ball to help Knight Riders cross the 150-run mark. Bhuvneshwar was coming back in the 19th over and scored 34 off 29 for SRH, ending the 63-run partnership between the two. In the end, KKR finished at 177/6 in their 20 overs, thanks to Russell’s explosive attack on Washington Sundar, hitting him for three sixes.
Russell on 49*, while Sunil Narine on 1*. Umran Malik was the bowlers’ choice for SRH, scoring 3/33 in four overs. Kumar, Jansen and Natarajan got one wicket each. Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 177/6 (Andre Russell 49*, Sam Billings 34, Umran Malik 3/33) against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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