Umesh Yadav continued his dream run with a four-wicket haul earlier than Andre Russell returned to his brutal greatest to fireside Kolkata Knight Riders to a straightforward six-wicket win over Punjab Kings right here on Friday. Umesh (4/23), coming into the season with simply two video games over two IPL seasons and going unsold initially on the public sale, produced career-best T20 figures to assist KKR dismiss Punjab for a beneath par 137 in 18.2 overs. It was alleged to be a straight ahead chase however Rahul Chahar raised Punjab’s hopes with a double wicket maiden to lowered KKR to 51 for 4.
However, Russell (70 not out off 31 balls) got here out within the center and adjusted the sport along with his barrage of sixes, eight in whole, to make it a cakewalk in simply 14.3 overs. He smashed three sixes off Odean Smith in an over that went for 30 runs.
No rope is lengthy sufficient when Russell goes all weapons blazing and he was in that sort of zone on Friday evening. The Jamaican dasher fittingly ended the sport with a few sixes off Liam Livingtsone’s pleasant leg-breaks. It was KKR’s second win in three video games whereas Punjab suffered their first lack of the season after the win over RCB.
Earlier, KKR bowlers stifled a power-laden Punjab Kings batting line-up.
With heavy dew setting in later half of the video games, fielding first has change into a no brainer this IPL and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer known as it proper on the toss.
Punjab, which had efficiently chased 200 plus of their opening recreation, loved an excellent powerplay that yielded 62 for 3 in six overs.
Veteran pacer Umesh, who has been proving his critics mistaken this season., as soon as once more supplied the breakthrough early within the recreation, eradicating opposition skipper Mayank Agarwal, who was discovered plumb in entrance after lacking a somewhat straight and full supply within the first over of the match.
Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa (31 off 9) who had produced a match-winning knock within the first recreation, appeared in sensational contact on the Wankhede Stadium.
In his temporary keep within the center, the top-order batter hammered three fours and as many sixes, largely in the direction of the mid-wicket area, leaving the spectators in awe. His breathtaking effort was maybe the lone vivid in an in any other case underwhelming innings.
Iyer impressed along with his management. He introduced again Umesh within the center overs to make sure there was no fightback from Punjab. He additionally employed a slip within the fifteenth over and was rewarded for that with the wicket of Rahul Chahar.
His new ball companion Tim Southee and KKR’s retained spinners Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine have been additionally too good for the Punjab batters.
Livingstone (19 off 16) might convert his begin whereas India U-19 star Raj Angad Bawa discovered the going robust for the second recreation in a row.
Kagisa Rabada (25 off 16), enjoying his first recreation of the seasons, saved Punjab the blushes by getting a lot wanted boundaries to take the overall near 140.
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