‘Andre the Giant’ slays Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens

MUMBAI : Andre Russell was the star of the show with the bat and the ball at Eden Gardens on Wednesday as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 28 runs in match six of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

Put into bat, KKR scored a mammoth 218/4 courtesy of half-centuries by Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa. But it was the late carnage by Russell, 48 off 17 balls, which propelled the Knight Riders past 200. In reply, KXIP never got going and were always playing catch-up with the run-rate. Russell was once again handy with the ball, picking up two important wickets of Chris Gayle and Sarfraz Khan. David Miller played a late cameo of 59 but it was too little too late as KXIP were restricted to 190/4.

R Ashwin won the toss and opted to bowl first against KKR. KXIP made four changes from the playing eleven of their previous match with David Miller, Hardus Viljoen, Varun Chakravarthy and Andrew Tye coming in for Nicholas Pooran, Sam Curran, Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. KKR remained unchanged.