Russell-Billings partnership changed the course of the match

Pune. Often a big partnership is enough for a team to win a T20 match and Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen Andre Russell, Sam Billings did the same for their team against Sunrisers Hyderabad which changed the course of the match. Electing to bat after winning the toss, KKR were on 94 for five in 11.3 […]
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Russell-Billings partnership changed the course of the match


Pune. Often a big partnership is enough for a team to win a T20 match and Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen Andre Russell, Sam Billings did the same for their team against Sunrisers Hyderabad which changed the course of the match.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, KKR were on 94 for five in 11.3 overs but Russell and Billings led their team’s comeback on Saturday.

The duo took a tough stand against Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan for the next few overs but hit boundaries whenever they got a bad ball, with KKR at 119 for five after 15 overs.

With five overs to spare, both Russell and Billings decided to play more aggressively and scored 10, 13 and 9 runs respectively in the next three overs. Bhuvneshwar conceded just six runs in the 19th over and took the wicket of Billings.

Both Russell and Billings put on a 63-run stand for the sixth wicket and ensured that their team put up a solid score on the board. Washington Sundar’s over proved to be very expensive in the last over of the innings. Russell hit three sixes and helped KKR score 177.

Russell said, “When I went to bat, it was getting a little difficult to score runs on this wicket.”

Talking about batting against Sundar in the last over, the West Indies cricketer said, “I enjoy playing with the right-arm off-spinner.

With a 54-run win over SRH, KKR moved up to sixth, boosting their net run rate and keeping their chances of a place in the play-offs alive.