Andre Russell, the man from the Windies, went berserk once again in the ongoing IPL 2019. This is the fourth consecutive this season he has produced a gem of an innings.
His power-hitting against Royal Challengers Bangalore snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The scenario looked like the same that happened against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Many thought Russell might not capitalize on it. But the big man proved them wrong by hitting the ball to all the parts of the ground. He single-handedly won the game for Kolkata Knight Riders as they defeated RCB by 5 wickets.
The Windies all-rounder scored 48 off just 13 balls at a staggering strike rate of 370 and took KKR over the line. Needing 53 off the last three overs, it seemed very difficult. But Dre Russ rushed KKR to victory with as many as five balls to spare.
Virat Kohli along with the whole RCB team was shocked to witness such a carnage. Before they could understand anything, the game had slipped out of their hands. The Jamaican hit 7 sixes and 1 four during his match-winning innings.
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Wanted to hit as many sixes as possible
Russell while speaking to his teammate Carlos Brathwaite on iplt20.com, revealed his thought-process when he came to bat. He said that he was confident of taking the team to victory. He also knew that the small boundaries at the Chinnaswamy stadium would put pressure on the bowlers.
“The thought-process was just to try and get as many sixes as possible. I knew sixes will bring down the run rate and bring down the target. That’s all my mindset. I was telling DK (Dinesh Karthik) that once we wait for the fast bowlers in the back end, I knew they were going to miss their length and pressure is going to be on them on this small ground,” he said.
The 30-year-old Man of the Match was left delighted to see the KKR fans happy after the victory. He said that he just loves to bat in such moments. “I practice for just like these moments. From ball one, I start hitting at everything because I know sometimes I’m going to be in these situations where I go out and KKR would need 13-plus runs per over. At the end of the night, I’m happy and KKR fans are also happy,” Dre Russ finished it off in style.