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25-Mar-2019 07:06:00 GMT
KKR vs SRH - 2nd Match, Kolkata

Russell magic stuns Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 4 (Rana 68, Russell 49*, Uthappa 35) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181 for 3 (Warner 85, Vijay 40*, Bairstow 39, Russell 2-32) by six wickets

Kolkata: At 118/3 during Kolkata Knight Riders' chase, the lights went off- short circuit was to blame- at Eden Gardens in one of the High Court-end towers.

Still 64 runs were required off 28 balls and the hosts were behind on the Duckworth-Lewis par score-126.

Play resumed after a 14-minute stoppage and Rashid Khan removed the well-set Nitish Rana off the first ball after the break.

Rana's 47-ball 68, opening the innings because Sunil Narine had injured his spinning finger while fielding, was a top effort. But KKR needed something extraordinary to pull off a heist.

Andre Russell was at the crease, strong-armed enough to smash any attack to smithereens in this format.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though, bowled a terrific over and conceded only six runs to make things even tougher for KKR.

The asking rate went over 17; 53 runs required off 18 deliveries. And Russell exploded.

Siddarth Kaul bowled the 18th over, starting with a half-volley and Russell cleared the front leg and hit it over deep mid-wicket for a six. The second ball, a low full-toss, went over the straight boundary. Kaul looked clueless. He bowled wide outside the off-stump. But Russell used his reach to club a four past extra-cover.

The game still hung in the balance.

Kumar was bowling the penultimate over and given his reputation as a death-overs specialist, SRH had their nose slightly in front. But Russell just laid into the frontline India seamer.

Two fours and two sixes in that over took the game away from the visitors.

Shubman Gill put the finishing touches, hitting a couple of maximums off Shakib Al Hasan to secure a six-wicket win for his team, with two balls remaining.

Russell, meanwhile, was unbeaten on 49 off 19 deliveries at the other end. Yet again, the Jamaican proved to be KKR's batting x-factor.

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