Nitish Rana (58) and Robin Uthappa (67) were brilliant again with the bat, helping KKR reach 218/4. However, it was Russell’s all round display (48, 2/21) that made the difference for the hosts.
Although KXIP’s Mayank Agarwal and David Miller did crack half-centuries in the second innings, they fell just short of the finishing line.
KKR’s win was their 16th victory against KXIP, the second most by an IPL team against an opposition. Mumbai Indians, with 18 wins over KKR, are at the top.
KKR the real deal? Over the last two matches, they have shown their masterclass in the batting department. The incredible form of Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russell saw the team get past the 200 run mark with ease. Nitish Rana was particularly impressive of the lot. The 25-year-old Delhi batsman had cracked a crucial 68 against SRH and he repeated the feat by scoring a quick fire 58 on Wednesday. Andre Russell is also turning out to be a big impact player for KKR this time out. His performances, both with the bat as well as the ball, have been the match turners for Riders.
The all round performances have catapulted KKR among the early favourites for the IPL title this season.
KL Rahul Slump Continues: Its official now! KL Rahul is out of form. The Indian batsman has been struggling to collect runs ever since the Koffee with Karan controversy broke out and the Karnataka batsman has yet to emerge from that slump. He was dismissed after only 1 run in the match against Rajasthan Royals and he was yet again dismissed for a solitary run in the last match as well. With the ICC World Cup just round the corner, and the likes of Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant making good impressions, Rahul will have to shore up his performances real quick.
Mayank Agarwal Impresses: Mayank Agarwal has had to wait for quite a long to feature in the India National team lineup even after having a superb Ranji season for Karnataka. However, he gave a proof of the kind of explosive batsman that he can be if given an opportunity. The 28-year-old batsman came at No 3 for the Kings and hit a knock of 58 in 34 balls. This was only his fourth half ton in IPL – and his first in over four years. He will have a crucial role to play for KXIP in the future.
Mayank Agarwal impresses me more and more when I watch him bat — in every format. Fine temperament and strokes— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2019
Moment of the Match: No Mankading This Time?
Another KXIP match and another Mankading controversy! However it was not Ravichandran Ashwin who instigated the infamous trend this time around. On Tuesday, the Twitterati was abuzz with the why Ashwin had, so ‘unsportingly’, dismissed Jos Buttler in the match against Rajasthan Royals. However, quite contrastingly this time around, fans wanted why Andre Russell did not dismiss KXIP’s Mayank Agarwal who was well out of the crease. Here are some of the hilarious comments on Twitter:
KXIP teaching us all the rules this season. Mankading, fielders limitation outside circle and now overthrow if ball is not dead.#KKRvKXIP #Ashwin #KKR #Russell #KXIPvKKR #askstarsports @vikrantgupta73 #KXIP #AskSportsTak— Nikhil Sodhani (@nikhilsodhani) March 27, 2019