18-Apr-2015 18:12:00 GMT
KXIP v KKR, IPL 2015, Pune
Russell Blast Leads Kolkata Knight Riders to Win
Pune: Russell's 36-ball 66 and Pathan's 24-ball 28 in trying conditions helped Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 156 in 18th over at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
The victory was courtesy a superb knock from Andre Russell who stepped up at the right time hitting his maiden IPL fifty to get this team back to winning ways.
Russell's 36-ball 66 and Pathan's 24-ball 28 in trying conditions helped Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 156 in 18th over at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
KKR were 60 for five in just the ninth over of the chase. Sandeep Sharma finished with figures of four for 25 but he will be disappointed that his team-mates did not back up his good work.
Russell and Yusuf Pathan then got together and hit some lusty blows to the fence. Russell scored his maiden IPL fifty and ensured that his team won the game. He shared a 95-run stand with Yusuf Pathan.
Earlier, KKR had won the toss and they put KXIP into bat. The move worked wonders for them as the KXIP top order was blown away by the KKR pacers.
Maxwell and Bailey had to grind and put them back on track with a 63-run stand. Runs were not quite easy to come by for them as the bowling was good from KKR. Maxwell fell for 33 as KXIP kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Bailey held one end.
Bailey scored his second IPL fifty, his second one of the tournament and led the team with the bat to post a 155 total.
Kings XI Punjab - 155/9 (Bailey 60, Maxwell 33, Umesh Yadav 3-33)
Kolkata Knight Riders - 159/6 (Russell 66, Pathan 28*, Sandeep Sharma 4-25)
Result - Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets
Points - Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Kings XI Punjab 0
MOM - Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)