Kolkata Knight Riders have beaten Punjab Kings by 5 wickets. They now, move up to the fifth position in the points table. With the two points they gained, they clawed their way up from the last position at the points table.
Chasing a target of 124 runs, the team had a poor start with the bat. They lost, 3 wickets for just 17 runs on the board. Two of the top four batsmen made ducks. Even, Rahul Tripathi, the number 3 batsman barely survived a direct hit from Gayle.
After that, Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi added 66 runs for the fourth wicket, to take Kolkata out of trouble. Then, Dinesh Karthik and Morgan finished off the game as the duo added 28 runs in just 15 balls.
In between, a moment happened in the innings of Kolkata which involved the MVP of Kolkata, ” Andre Dre Russ Russell “. He has a start stop tournament this year, with shades of brilliance that was shown in 2019 and some poor shot selections as well.
With the match firmly in Kolkata’s grasp, Andre Russell was sent in at, number 6 to get some runs under his belt. However, it did not go as per plan for Kolkata, as he was run out in a serious communication gap with his captain. Russell made just 10 runs before departing from the ground, as he hit 2 fours in his brief stay of 9 balls.
Angry Russell run out
It was the 15th over of the innings. Ravi Bishnoi, the leg spinner came to bowl. At that time, the score of Kolkata was 98-4 and they needed a further 25 runs to win.
The bowler delivered a googly to skipper Morgan. He cut the delivery towards short third man, and they ran for a single. It was a needless run anyway, because Kolkata were already in drivers seat. Hence, they needed no risk. However, still the two ran as the fielder at short third man, Arshdeep Singh picked the ball and threw it towards the strikers end.
KL Rahul initially tried to collect the ball, but he pulled out when he saw, that the ball would hit the stumps directly. As expected, the ball hit the base of stumps and the bails lit up. Meanwhile, Russell tried to stretch fully to reach the crease, but he was found short of it and was run out. While going towards the pavilion, Russell did not seem to be happy. He was unhappy with the risky single his captain took, which led to his wicket going down.
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