KKR vs PBKS: Always knew Andre Russell special was round the corner, says Nitish Rana | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lauding Andre Russell, who had lastly come to the get together this IPL season vs Punjab Kings on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana mentioned he stored “backing” the ability hitter. Rana additionally mentioned he knew {that a} match-winning innings was not far away.
KKR defeated Punjab Kings by 5 wickets, chasing down the 180-run successful goal off the final ball of the innings, with Russell scoring a 23-ball 43 studded with three fours and as many maximums.
Russell punished PBKS fast Sam Curran within the penultimate over of the innings, hitting the England bowler for 3 sixes earlier than the West Indian was run out, leaving Rinku Singh to attain the successful runs.

Rinku smashed a boundary of the final ball to win the match for KKR.
“Ten matches have gone, we had been all ready for that one Russell innings to return. He was one innings away, I stored backing him saying you’ve achieved so much, and you’ll 100 per cent win us a sport,” mentioned Nitish Rana.


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Rana additionally conceded he was offended together with his bowlers conceding runs within the final couple of overs to let PBKS rating a aggressive 179/7.
“This pitch was a really feel of house benefit as effectively. Our bowlers bowled badly on the loss of life, I used to be offended that we conceded that many as a result of this was a 160-165 run wicket.
Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan lamented the dearth of a top quality off-spinner in his aspect, although leg-spinner Rahul Chahar did bowl a decent spell.
“I really feel that we do not have a superb off-spinner. When left-handers come, from one finish we now have a leg-spinner and on the different finish we now have a left-arm spinner (Harpreet Brar). In order that’s the place I really feel we’re leaking a little bit of runs. This wicket was providing flip as effectively so I really feel that is the place we took the hit,” mentioned Shikhar.


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Dhawan did sound dejected now that they’re watching relegation.
“Not feeling that nice. We misplaced the sport and it was not a straightforward observe to bat on and I really feel that we placed on a superb complete. On the finish, they performed effectively.
“It was nice, phenomenal effort from Arshdeep (Singh) and the best way he has bounced again from the final sport, all credit score goes to him. It was fairly attention-grabbing that he took the sport to the final ball so it was actually good,” added Shikhar.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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