Chasing 221 to win, Kolkata Knight Riders looked down and out after they lost the cream of their batting unit for a mere 31 runs. Deepak Chahar proved to be the wrecker-in-chief as the right-arm swing bowler dismissed the opening duo of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana before accounting for KKR’s skipper Eoin Morgan and pinch-hitter Sunil Narine in his 3rd over.
And, when Lungisani Ngidi got rid of the dangerous-looking Rahul Tripathi with extra bounce, it looked like a hammering was on the cards for the two-time champions.
However, Andre Russell had different ideas. Dre Russ, who had a poor IPL campaign last year, rolled back the clock to 2019 as he swatted the Chennai Super Kings attack to all corners of the Wankhede Stadium in what was a ruthless display of power-hitting.
Russell smashed a total of three fours and six sixes during his 22-ball 54 and he along with Dinesh Karthik, who himself scored a breezy 24-ball 40, racked up a total of 81 runs in just six overs to give Kolkata Knight Riders a glimmer of hope.
Russell was eventually dismissed by Sam Curran, who bowled him round his legs, while Dinesh Karthik too perished to a slower delivery by Lungi Ngidi.
But, KKR, through Pat Cummins kept fighting. Cummins, who had earlier conceded more than 50 runs in his spell of four overs, redeemed himself with a brilliant knock of 66 not-out off just 34 deliveries.
KKR eventually lost the game by 18 runs but they won the heart of millions of fans including their co-owner in Juhi Chawla, who took to her official Twitter account where she wrote-
”Proud of our team KKR .. after such a shaky start where we looked like we had collapsed..!.!!!! our boys played strong and hard , and brought it to a close match ..!! Thank you Russell, DK, Pat ..!!!”
Proud of our team KKR .. after such a shaky start where we looked like we had collapsed 🙈🙈🙈🙈 ..!.!!!! our boys played strong and hard , and brought it to a close match ..!! Thank you Russell, DK, Pat ..!!! 💜💜💜💜💜💜 @Russell12A @DineshKarthik @patcummins30 @KKRiders
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) April 22, 2021