Andre Russell of the West Indies announced his return to form with a stunning 31-ball 70 that helped Kolkata Knight Riders chase down 138 in less than 15 overs against Punjab Kings on Friday.
Andre Russell, a West Indies all-rounder, announced his return to form with a stunning 31-ball 70 to help Kolkata Knight Riders chase down 138 in less than 15 overs against Punjab Kings on Friday. Russell has failed to deliver the fireworks that made him one of the most feared batters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the past two seasons, but against PBKS, he was back to his best, coming in to bat with KKR in a difficult position and turning the game into an easy win for his team.
Team owner Shah Rukh Khan was among those who were delighted to see ‘Dre Russ’ put on a show and heaped praise on him.
Shah Rukh Khan Tweeted
“Welcome back, my friend @Russell12A, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the ball fly so high!!! When you hit it, it takes on a life of its own! “He tweeted about it.
He also congratulated the team on their victory and praised Umesh Yadav. Umesh Yadav finished with 4/23 as KKR bowled PBKS out for 137. These are the best figures he has ever produced in the IPL.
“And wow, @y umesh! Congratulations to @ShreyasIyer15 and his team. Have a good night, boys “In his tweet, he wrote:
Russell came in to bat with KKR trailing by 51 runs after seven overs. However, once he settled in, he smacked eight sixes and two boundaries to put the chase to rest.
KKR has now won two out of three matches and has risen to the top of the IPL 2022 points table.