“Andre Russell, remember the name”: Russell activates beast mode, destroys Punjab

 “Andre Russell, remember the name”: Russell activates beast mode, destroys Punjab

Andre Russell (image source : BCCI)

The eight-match of Indian T20 League 2022 took place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was an encounter between Punjab and Kolkata. The game though promised to be a close-affair turned out to be a rather one sided match, courtesy Andre Russell.

Kolkata won the toss and decided to field first. It was once again a Umesh Yadav show for the men in purple. He dismissed Mayank Agarwal in the very first over and rocked the Punjab batting order. Punjab kept losing wickets at regular intervals and their innings never got the impetus they needed. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played a little cameo at the top of the order scoring 31 off 9 deliveries. The only other batter who contributed was Kagiso Rabada with 25 off 16 deliveries. Umesh Yadav later picked up three more wickets and finished with 4 wickets from his 4 overs conceding just 23 runs. Punjab’s innings ended in their 19th over for just 137 runs.

At the halfway stage, the match looked over for Punjab. But they decided to make a fight of it. Punjab started on a high dismissing Rahane for 12 in the second over. After this three more wickets fell quickly and Kolkata was soon 51 for 4 in the 7th over of their innings. Andre Russell walked in at these stage and the situation was all set for a ‘Russell-Show’. He began his show and changed the course of the game in a matter of moments. With 8 sixes in a knock of 70 runs off 31 deliveries he just destroyed the Punjab bowling. Sam Billings partnered him very nicely playing a second fiddle and scoring 24 off 23 deliveries. Kolkata won the match by 6 wickets with 33 deliveries still to be played in the match. The big win will reflect in the net run rate of Kolkata.









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