KKR vs SRH Live Score: Andre Russell Muscled KKR to a Stellar Victory
KKR vs SRH Live Score: The MCA Stadium in Pune witnessed a nerve triggering contest today when KKR took on SRH in Match 62 of the IPL 2022. KKR were reeling at 96-5 after 12 overs & then came KKR’s MVP of this season Andre Russell on the crease who turned the entire game in the favor of KKR. He first joined hands with Sam Billings & stitched a valuable 65-run stand for the sixth wicket to resurrect KKR’s innings & take them over 150 runs mark.
Billings initially allowed Andre Russell to settle by playing the role of aggressor. But once Russell got settled there was no stopping for him, as he lambasted SRH bowlers all across the stadium. He was not less than a run-machine for KKR who produced maximums & boundaries to steady their innings. Soon, KKR suffered a setback in face of Billings walking back to the pavilion for 34 in 29 balls off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over. However, Andre Russell on the other hand didn’t give up. He took the matter into his hands & smashed three huge sixes in the final over off Washington Sundar’s delivery, collecting 20 runs & guiding KKR from 157 in the 19th over to 177 at the end of the 20th over.
Russell shone bright with the ball as well by scalping three wickets for 22 runs to help KKR restrict SRH to 123 runs thereby registering a big 54 runs win over SRH. This win has kept KKR’s playoff hopes alive. They currently occupies sixth position on the Points Table with 12 points in their kitty.
Umran Malik’s three-wicket haul rattled KKR’s Top-order
Earlier, batting first KKR get off to a poor start as they lost opener Venkatesh in the second over itself. Ajinkya Rahane & Nitish Rana on crease stitched a valuable 48-run stand to guide KKR over 55-1 at the end of the powerplay overs. Ajinkya Rahane smashed 28 off 21 balls while Rana amassed 26 off 16 balls. Soon their blooming stand was broken with Umran Malik dismissing Rana in the seventh over followed by Rahane in the eighth over. Shreyas Iyer & Sam Billings came on the crease with the intent of anchoring KKR’s innings. But Umran had other plans in his mind, he sent Shreyas Iyer back to the hut in the 10th over for just 15 runs. Wickets kept falling for KKR as Rinku Singh too got dismissed for 5 runs in the 12th over, reducing KKR to 96-5.
For SRH Umran Malik starred with the ball by scalping three wickets for 33 runs. Marco Jansen, T Natarajan & Bhuvneshwar Kumar too returned with one wicket each.
KKR vs SRH Live Score: Russell-Southee’s lethal bowling Spell dismantled SRH’s innings
In reply, SRH got off to a scintillating start with Kane Williamson & Abhishek Sharma going for boundaries but soon they suffered a setback with Russell dismissing Williamson for 9 runs in the power-play overs. Abhishek Sharma & Rahul Tripathi tried to rebuild SRH’s innings but the latter was dismissed for just 9 runs. However, Aiden Markram joined hands with Abhishek Sharma & tried to bring SRH’s derailed innings on track. But their intent too failed with Abhishek walking back to the hut for 43 runs off Varun Chakravarthy’s delivery.
Soon SRH were lurking at 83-4 at the end of 13 overs & were in strong need of a stable stand but sadly failed to get one, as none of their batters could stay for long on the crease. Aiden Markram did his bit by scoring 32 runs off 25 balls but failed to go big due to a lack of support from the other end. The fall-off Markram’s wicket in the 14th over proved the final nail in the coffin for SRH. The equation came to 68 in 12 balls & with Russell dismissing Marco Jansen in the 18th over for 11 runs, the game was all but over for SRH. In the end, SRH were restricted to 123-8, registering a massive 54 runs win.
For KKR Russell starred with the ball by returning with 3 wickets for 22 while Tim Southee supported him by scalping 2 wickets for 23 runs. The loss has ended SRH’s hopes of qualifying for the Playoffs as they have slipped down to the eighth position on the Points Table with 10 Points & a poor net run rate of -0.270.
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