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Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla help KKR reach IPL pinnacle


Andre Russell_KKR v KXIP match

Kolkata: All rounder Andre Russell and spinner Piyush Chawla helped the Kolkata Knight Riders register their seventh win of the IPL season, beating the bottom ranked team Kings XI Punjab by one wicket at the Eden Gardens. Russell was named Man of the Match as he scored 51 off just 21 deliveries to put his side in a winning position.

Electing to bat first, KXIP had a good start as the opening pair of Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra added 45 runs for the first wicket before the latter succumbed to Sunil Narine’s delivery. Vohra continued hitting the ball sweetly before giving Narine a straight forward catch. However, Wriddiman Saha and Glenn Maxwell added 65 runs for the third wicket in just 5.4 overs.

Maxwell smacked Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla’s deliveries to all corners of the ground. David Millers too smacked a few blows in the final over helping KXIP to set a stiff target of 184. KKR suffered due to poor fielding as they dropped five catches. Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as he not only kept the KXIP batsmen in check, but also took four wickets.

Chasing the target, KKR were off to a poor start after losing four early wickets but the fifth wicket partnership of Russell and Yusuf Pathan kept them in the hunt. Russell smashed the KXIP bowlers to all the parts of the ground before falling prey to Axar Patel. Towards the end, Chawla hit some powerful fours and sixes to take his side home. In his 11 ball innings, the leg spinner hit two fours and a six and led his side to victory.