Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 8 |4/1/2022 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
That's a wrap to this entertaining game. Get ready for a double-header on Saturday. Mumbai will be facing Rajasthan at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT), and Gujarat will take on Delhi at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). Do join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Umesh Yadav (4-1-23-4) is the Player of the Match! The speedster says that hard work is needed as he needs to keep pushing and he will keep working hard. Mentions that he keeps bowling different balls in the nets so that he can bowl them in the game. Shares that he was surprised after Mayank gave him the charge on the first ball but later on, he knew Agarwal would wait on the back foot. Tells that the plan was to bowl full. States that he looks to bowl the right lines and lengths at pace.
Shreyas Iyer, the captain of Kolkata, says that they were stunned by the counter-attacking batting from Punjab in the Powerplay but he thought that they can also do the same. Adds that they got early wickets and after the Powerplay, his mindset was to keep bowling the main bowlers and go for the wickets. Praises both the spinners for doing the holding job. Mentions that Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy come with their own strategy which is really helpful. Regarding Andre Russell's knock, Shreyas replies that it was such a relief to see him bat and he turned the game around. On Umesh Yadav's bowling, Iyer says that he is getting stronger and fitter with age. Shares that he has been putting in the hard yards and is hungry to perform.
The man of the moment, Andre Russell comes up for a chat. The Jamaican says that he is feeling awesome and this is why he plays the game. Tells that Billings played really well and he backed his ability and he is happy to take the team over the line. Adds that he is happy to do what the team wants him to do and further says that they have a good bowling depth and have a few who can slip in a couple of overs. Says they were a few wickets down and there was not a lot to come so he needed to bat long with Sam Billings. States that he decided to take charge as the left-arm spinner (Harpreet Brar) was not turning the ball. Shares that the plan was to cautiously bat against Chahar as he was getting the ball to turn. Regarding how many shots he timed from the middle of the bat, Russell is honest enough to say that just one came from the middle.
Mayank Agarwal, the captain of Punjab, says they did not bat well enough but they showed a good fight with the ball and admits that Russell took the game away from them. He feels 170 would have been a good total on this surface. Mentions that they started off well but they could not capitalize. Feels that a game like this at the start is fine. Mentions the bowlers did well to pull things back but Russell was the difference.
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Early in the evening, Punjab managed just 137 on the board. They were in tatters after losing wickets in a heap and surrendered in front of Umesh Yadav and company. Shreyas Iyer impressed one and all with his captaincy and certainly, there were shades of Brendon McCullum in the way he led. They would have loved to be more clinical in the chase but then we would have been robbed of a masterclass of power-hitting from Andre Russell.
Kolkata were after a below-par target and started strongly in the Powerplay despite losing both the openers. Rahul Chahar's magical over where he hunted down two wickets sent jitters in the Kolkata camp but Sam Billings and Andre Russell joined forces and did the job efficiently. They took their time initially, respected the spinners for a while and then Dre Russ decided to go bonkers. He attacked Harpreet Brar's over as a starter and then went hammer and tongs in the 12th over bowled by Odean Smith. 30 runs came in it and the chase was put to bed.
Crash! Bang! Wallop! Wrestlemania is on the 2nd of April but 'Russell-mania' arrived one day in advance! Some brutal hitting from the Jamaican decimated the bowling of Punjab and shattered the little ray of hope they had of a comeback. Phew, that was one batting show from Dre Russ, incredible hitting, 70 off only 31 balls - studded with two brutal fours and 8 humongous biggies. Take a bow, big man!
Liam Livingstone to Andre Russell, SIX! Russell finishes it off in style! Another powerful hit! Liam Livingstone drags his length back and bowls it shorter and on middle, this is pulled over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. KOLKATA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Liam Livingstone to Andre Russell, SIX! Just the three needed! This guy is in his element today! What a knock, absolutely brutal! This is tossed up on off, Russell heaves it over the long off fence for a biggie.
Liam Livingstone to Sam Billings, Flatter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
END OF OVER 14 | 14 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 128/4
Arshdeep Singh to Andre Russell, SIX! Russell is putting on a show! Shows his range this time and rifles a full ball over covers for a biggie. Raw power. Just 10 needed more.
Arshdeep Singh to Andre Russell, Swing and a miss! Arshdeep takes the pace off this one. Short and outside off, Russell is early into the shot and misses.
Arshdeep Singh to Andre Russell, Short and on middle, plundered to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
1nb and boundary
Arshdeep Singh to Andre Russell, FOUR! Russell fires a rocket. And it's a no ball as well for overstepping. FIFTY FOR DRE RUSS! Full toss around off, Andre Russell latches onto it and bludgeons it straight back. Arshdeep Singh takes cover as it whistles over his head and even Kagiso Rabada fails to stop it with a full-length dive from long off.
Arshdeep Singh to Sam Billings, Uses the angle of the bowler and eases it with good timing to long on. Takes a single.
Arshdeep Singh to Sam Billings, Singh comes from 'round the wicket and angles in a slower length ball on off, Billings defends it back.
Arshdeep Singh to Sam Billings, Bouncer around off, Sam drops his wrists and allows it through to the keeper.
END OF OVER 13 | 5 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 114/4
Change! Arshdeep Singh is back on!
Rahul Chahar to Andre Russell, Edged but safe! Loopy and full outside off, turning away, Andre Russell throws his bat at it but gets a thick outside edge. It goes on one bounce to short third man. Chahar has bowled out, 4-1-13-2!
Rahul Chahar to Andre Russell, Quicker one, around off, Russell winds up for a big heave but misses. The keeper breaks the stumps but Dre Russ has not ventured out from the crease.
Rahul Chahar to Andre Russell, Wide! Turning way outside off, Russell leaves it alone.