IPL 2022: Russell, Umesh star as Kolkata Knight Riders crush Punjab Kings by six wickets (KKR vs PBKS Highlights)

IPL 2022 KKR vs PBKS Highlights: KKR vs PBKS IPL live score updates, scoreboard, ball-by-ball analysis, live streaming, and highlights. Andre Russell hit 70 not out off 31 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by six wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, chasing a 138-run total. In just 14.3 overs, KKR chased down the target. Earlier, Umesh Yadav got four for 23 to help Kolkata Knight Riders bowl out Punjab Kings for 137 runs after electing to bowl first. Punjab’s momentum was impeded by regular wickets, as they were all out in 18.2 overs.

Andre Russell, the man of the moment, comes up for a conversation. The Jamaican said that he is having a great time, which is why he is playing the game. Billings performed admirably, according to him, and he believes in his ability to lead the squad to victory. He goes on to explain that he is happy to do anything the team asks of him, and that they have a decent bowling depth with a few bowlers who can slip in a couple of overs. He says he needed to bat long with Sam Billings because they were a few wickets down with not much to come. He claims he took over since the left-arm spinner (Harpreet Brar) was unable to turn the ball. The plan, according to him, was to bat conservatively against Chahar while he was getting the ball to turn. Russell is candid when asked how many shots he timed from the middle of the bat.

KKR vs PBKS Highlight
KKR vs PBKS Highlight

Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal concedes that his team did not bat well enough, but that they put up a decent fight with the ball, and that Russell snatched the game away from them. On this surface, he believes 170 would have been a decent total. Mentions that they got off to a good start but were unable to capitalise. It appears that a game like this is fine to begin with. Mentions that the bowlers performed a good job of keeping things under control, but Russell was the difference.

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This fascinating game has come to an end. On Saturday, be ready for a doubleheader. At 3.30 p.m. IST (10 a.m. GMT), Mumbai will face Rajasthan, while Gujarat will face Delhi at 7.30 p.m. IST (2 pm GMT). Please join us for the build-up in advance. Cheers!

Player of the Match is Umesh Yadav (4-1-23-4)! The speedster claims that he will continue to work hard because he needs to keep pushing. He says he’s always bowling different balls in the nets so he can use them in the game. He was taken aback when Mayank gave him the charge on the first ball, but he knew Agarwal would be on the back foot afterwards. The plan, according to him, was to fill the bowl to the brim. He says he tries to bowl the correct lines and lengths at a fast speed.

Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer admits they were taken aback by Punjab’s counter-attacking batting in the Powerplay, but he believes they can replicate it. He goes on to say that they gained early wickets and that his objective after the Powerplay was to maintain bowling the top bowlers and go for the wickets. Both spinners are praised for their holding abilities. Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy both have their unique strategy, which is really useful. Andre Russell’s knock, Shreyas says, was such a relief to watch him bat, and he completely changed the game. Iyer feels Umesh Yadav’s bowling is growing stronger and fitter as he gets older. He says he’s been putting in the time and effort and is eager to perform.

Punjab’s approach astonished us. We weren’t expecting them to come at us that hard in the first few overs. But that’s exactly what I intended to accomplish. In the powerplay, we gained some early wickets. My strategy was to keep my finest bowlers for them to use against their hard-hitters. That’s why I saved Varun and Sunil until the end. They made my job simple for me. They come up with their own approaches. They know what they’re going to do with the batsmen. They are well-aware of what they are doing. To be honest, seeing Russell hit was fantastic. Russell Muscle was the culprit. I reminded Umesh that he was getting older, but he said he was becoming fitter. I see him everywhere, including the gym, and he is always working hard. I know how to get things done from him, and he’s been a great coworker.

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KKR vs PBKS Highlight
KKR vs PBKS Highlight

We play the game because we want to feel fantastic. I know what I can do in that situation. It was helpful to have someone like Sam at the crease who could rotate and help us get through the tough times. When I started sweating, I simply announced, “I’m going.” I believed in myself, and that’s exactly what I did tonight. I’m excited to see the team cross the finish line. I am willing to assist the team in whatever way they require. In the end, I’d like to bowl. I am more than willing to bowl one in the powerplay if the captain requests it, but we have a fair number of bowlers. We have a couple of guys who can contribute one or two as well. I know I won’t bowl four overs in every game, but if I bowl two overs, I’ll feel like a part of the game and an all-rounder. These things happen; some games will be simple, others I may not be able to bowl a ball. I’m happy to bat as well, knock a few sixes, and do whatever else I can to help the team out. We were a few of wickets down, and Sunil was in front of me, followed by the other bowlers. I figured we’d be the two guys who’d look for a way to work together. ‘Listen, let’s just bat a few overs and see what happens,’ I told Sam. However, we had to strike first because the left-arm orthodox was not spinning the ball and nothing was occurring. So we made the decision to take charge on one end while looking for singles on the other. Chahar was not only bowling brilliantly, but he was also holding the ball. We didn’t want to risk anything by going up against him. We knew things would get better. One is what I’m going to say (when asked how many he got off the middle).

We didn’t do a good enough job at bat. We put up a good fight with the ball at first, but then Dre Russ came in and took over. He deserves credit for taking the game away from us in that manner. It was a 170ish wicket, I believe. We got off to a good start but were unable to capitalise, and there were a couple soft dismissals. But that’s alright because the tournament is only getting started. With 4 for 50, they (bowlers) pulled back brilliantly for us, but Russell put the game away from us. There were numerous advantages to be gained.

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