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IPL 2019 RCB vs KKR: Twitter reacts as Andre Russell manhandles RCB

IPL 2019 RCB vs KKR: Twitter reacts as Andre Russell manhandles RCB
Twitter reacts as Andre Russell manhandles RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore hosted Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 17th game of the season. The two batting-heavy sides produced a high-scoring game that ended in favor of the visitors. Once again, it was Andre Russell who powered them home.

KKR decided to field first after winning the toss. Virat Kohli was determined to do well and he struck some delightful boundaries early on. The score was up as Parthiv Patel played the perfect foil for his captain. After the powerplay, the hosts reached 53/0.

The visitors found the first breakthrough when Nitish Rana trapped Parthiv for 25 in the 8th over. But it meant that AB de Villiers walked in to join Kohli in the middle. After clearing the initial jitters, de Villiers hit his stripes. All of a sudden, there were fireworks from either end. Kohli reached his fifty and the score read 108/1 after 13 overs.

There was absolutely no stopping the duo as, after 17 overs, they reached 172/1. Kohli was nearing a century but Kuldeep managed to dismiss him for 84 from 49 balls. But AB kept going and his knock of 63 from 32 balls enabled RCB to reach a huge score of 205/3.

KKR’s chase began with 17 runs from the first over of Tim Southee. Sunil Narine, who was back in the side as the opener, couldn’t accelerate and fell in the next over courtesy Navdeep Saini. But Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn kept the runs flowing as after 6 overs, the visitors reached 59/1 after 6 overs.

Uthappa was shaping up well but Pawan Negi ended his stay in the 10th over for 33. Nitish Rana was the new man at the crease to partner Lynn. But the Australian batsman departed for 43 courtesy of Pawan Negi. After 13 overs, KKR reached 114/3 and the Men in Purple and Gold were well and truly in with a chance.

Rana got out for 37 in the 16th over Karthik departed for 19 in the 17th over. KKR needed 53 from the last 3 overs. But Andre Russell was still out there and once more, he punished the opposition with his brutal hitting. The right-hander scored 48 from just 13 balls that included 7 sixes and a four. He brought his side home with 5 balls to spare.

RCB vs KKR Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 205/3 in 20 overs

Virat Kohli 84 (49), AB de Villiers 63 (32)

Sunil Narine 30/1 (4), Kuldeep Yadav 31/1 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders: 206/5 in 19.1 overs

Andre Russell 48* (13), Chris Lynn 43 (31)

Pawan Negi 21/2 (3.1), Navdeep Saini 34/2 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets

Player of the Match: Andre Russell

Andre Russell rules Twitter all over again

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Written by Shubham Khare


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