KKR vs SRH: Kolkata’s Andre Russell becomes the fastest to reach 2000 IPL runs in terms of balls faced

Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Andre Russell has a strike rate of over 180 from 96 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Andre Russell of KKR. Courtesy: PTI

Andre Russell of KKR. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Russell scored an unbeaten 28-ball 49
  • KKR scored 177 on the back of Russell’s knock
  • Russell also became the fourth KKR batter to 2000 IPL runs

Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) batter Andre Russell has become the fastest batter to notch 2000 runs in terms of balls faced in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Jamaican accomplished the feat during KKR’s match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday, May 14 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.

The hulk-like batter joined the Men in Gold and Purple back in 2014 and has been a key component in their setup since then. On Saturday, the veteran raced to an unbeaten 28-ball knock of 49 with the help of three fours and four sixes.

Russell was severe on Washington Sundar and smashed him for three sixes in the 20th over. On the back of Russell’s knock, the Knight Riders set Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers a stiff target of 178 to chase down.

During the game against the Orange Army, Russell also became only the fourth Knight Riders’ batter with over 2000 runs in the cash-rich tournament. Former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (3345), Robin Uthappa (2649) and Yusuf Pathan (2061) are the other three players in the unique list.

In 96 matches, the 34-year-old Russell has scored 2037 runs from 1129 balls at an average of 31.33 and a strike rate of 180.42. After playing the knock, Russell lauded the SRH bowlers, but also said that chasing wouldn’t be easy for the Sunrisers.

I WAS MISERABLE

“Good to get a strong finish. The guys were bowling well and the execution was on point, especially the seamers. I was miserable, but if I stay I know we can get 170. Based on the wicket, it looks good and 170 is definitely a good score on this wicket,” Russell said.

If we get one or two wickets early in the powerplay, we can definitely peg them back. Hard length, straight and mix up pace as well (right length to bowl?). Some balls are holding up,” the veteran added.


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