Andre Russell produced a terrific all-round show to steer Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Russell bludgeoned an unbeaten 49 from 28 balls to propel Kolkata to 177-6 from their 20 overs, earlier than taking 3-22 to wrap up a 54-run win and protect his facet’s slender play-off aspirations.
Kolkata – led by England’s newly-appointed males’s Check coach Brendon McCullum – made a optimistic begin, with Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Nitish Rana (26) smashing six sixes between them.
Umran Malik (3-33) handed Sunrisers the initiative after snaring three wickets in fast succession as Kolkata slipped to 94-5, just for Russell and Sam Billings (34) to guide the restoration.
The pair placed on 63 for the sixth-wicket earlier than Billings perished within the penultimate over, however Russell completed with a flourish – dispatching off-spinner Washington Sundar for a trio of sixes within the last over to set Hyderabad 178 for victory.
Russell then made early inroads with the ball, claiming the essential scalp of Kane Williamson (9) along with his second supply handy Kolkata the initiative.
Abhishek Sharma (43) and Aiden Markram (32) led Sunrisers’ counter-attack, however Shashank Singh (11) was the one different batsman to register double figures, as wickets fell at common intervals.
Russell dismissed Sundar and Marco Jansen within the latter phases to cap off an excellent particular person show, whereas the ever-reliable Tim Southee (2-23) helped limit Hyderabad to 123-8.
This condemned Sunrisers to a fifth consecutive league defeat, and so they should beat each Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings to have any hope of sealing a play-off spot.
Kolkata head coach McCullum, who guided Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title, might be in cost for England’s first Check towards world champions New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.
McCullum succeeds Chris Silverwood, who departed following a chastening Ashes defeat in Australia, and though he is but to teach in first-class cricket, he scored 10 Check match lots of for New Zealand, having fun with a glittering worldwide profession throughout all codecs.