The exodus of foreign cricketers from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) have already begun and Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is the latest addition to the long list. Behrendorff left the camp after their 34-run loss against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens to link with the World Cup-bound Australian team.
The tall and lanky fast bowler who made his debut in the IPL had an average season for Mumbai Indians. Jason Behrendorff featured in five games and returned with five wickets despite his economy being on the higher side. He has bowled with good pace and zeal and has troubled the opponent batters with his away swingers. However, the arrival of Lasith Malinga forced the Mumbai Indians franchise to bench the Australian cricketer who will play a significant role in the upcoming World Cup for his country.
Meanwhile, Jason Behrendorff while his departure wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter. He revealed that he had great fun playing in IPL2019 and was an excellent experience playing for Mumbai Indians. He is also hopeful that Mumbai will play the final of the tournament in a few weeks time. However, the Rohit Sharma-led side is currently hanging on a wire as one more loss can put them out of the race of qualification.
“#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan Great 1st
#IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time ,” Behrendorff left a farewell message.
#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/QvOT8iYl71
— Jason Behrendorff (@JDorff5) April 29, 2019
Kolkata ends losing streak
Andre Russell’s blistering knock of 80 runs from 40 including six boundaries and eight sixes helped Kolkata Knight Riders post 232 runs on the board. Previously, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill added 96 runs for the first wicket to set the tone for Russell to come and utilise. Defending the target, Kolkata started well removing their top four batsmen in just 58 runs.
Since then, Hardik Pandya played the best innings of his life but failed to take his team over the rope. He scored 91 runs off just 34 deliveries, but once Harry Gurney got him in the 18th over, it was all over from the Mumbai Indians. With this victory, Kolkata still have kept their chances alive in the tournament.