Andre Russell has been doing wonders with the bat for Kolkata Knight Riders for a long time in the IPL. He has won many matches to Kolkata on his own. However, apart from this, he has also done well with the ball. On Tuesday, he did a great job with the ball against Mumbai Indians. He bowled only two overs and took five wickets in his name. This Caribbean bowler showed a terrific game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan put Russell on the bowling in the 18th over. Russell also bowled well in the last over against Sunrisers Hyderabad and did not allow his batsmen to score freely.
Janson could not even open the account
Captain Morgan would have expected him to perform the same way even today. But Russell did much more amazing than that. In his first over, he conceded just five runs. Kieran Pollard and Macro Jansson were dismissed. Pollard’s wicket was a big relief for Kolkata as he could take his team towards the big score by scoring the last ball. At the same time, Jansson became the second player to be dismissed at zero in his first two IPL matches. Earlier Raiders were unable to open their account in their first two matches in 2009 and Ashton Turner in 2019.
After this, he kept the real amazing for the last over. The start of the 20th over did not go well for Russell. On the first two balls, Krunal Pandya hit fours. However, he also got luck and a ball went to the boundary with the edge of the bat.
On the third ball of the 20th over, he got Krunal Pandya caught by the famous Krishna. Krunal scored 15 runs off 9 balls. On the next ball, he also got Jaspreet Bumrah caught by Shakib Al Hasan.
Russell was now on a hattrick. Rahul Chahar played the ball high in the air. The ball fell between two fielders. Chahar took two runs. Rassal could not complete the trio but on the next ball, he got Chahar caught by Shabhuman Gill. Now the purple cap is adorned on his head.
Best performance against Mumbai
In the last 13 seasons against Mumbai Indians, no bowler was able to take five wickets in an innings but this has happened against him in both the first matches of this season. In this match, Russell took five wickets for 15 runs. In the last match, Harshal Patel took five wickets for 27 runs. Earlier in 2009, Rohit Sharma took four wickets for 6 runs while playing for Deccan Chargers.
Best performance for KKR
Not only this, Kolkata has also become the best bowling performance in IPL. Prior to that, Sunil Narine took five wickets for 19 runs against Punjab in 2012.