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IPL 2019, MI vs KKR: ‘Angry’ Andre Russell and Quinton de Kock share heated moment - Watch

Andre Russell brushed his shoulder with Quinton de Kock’s after the latter hit Russell for 21 runs in his first over during the MI vs KKR IPL match.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2019 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Andre Russell and Quinton de Kock during the MI vs KKR match on Sunday.
Andre Russell and Quinton de Kock during the MI vs KKR match on Sunday.(Screen Grab)

Not often do you see Andre Russell failing to make any sort of impact in an IPL match. Sunday was one such rare occasion when Russell flopped with both bat and ball and his side Kolkata Knight Riders were knocked out of the IPL after suffering a 9-wicket to defeat to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

Coming in to bat at No. 5, Russell was dismissed for a golden duck – his first in this season – by Lasith Malinga, who surprised the big West Indian with a well-directed bouncer. When Russell got the ball in his hand with the hope of setting things right, he was clobbered by Quinton de Kock. The over started with a boundary from Rohit Sharma’s bat and then de Kock took the centre stage. He hit Russell for a boundary and a couple of sixes. 21 runs came from that over and MI gained the momentum in the chase.

De Kock’s attacking instincts did not go down well with Rusell, who decided to brush his shoulder with de Kock before returning back to his mark.

De Kock, however, did not read much into the incident. “It was just a bit of fun out there. Think he was a bit angry as I took him on,” de Kock told at the end of the match. 

Rohit stitched two crucial partnerships, first a 46-run stand with Quinton de Kock (30) for the opening wicket and then another 88 runs for the unconquered second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (46 not) as MI chased down the target of 134 with 3.5 overs to spare.

The MI captain carried his bat through the innings, hitting eight fours off 48 balls while Yadav consumed 27 balls for his unbeaten 46.

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MI ended the league phase with 18 points from 14 matches -- the same as Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals -- but they secured the top spot by virtue of better run rate. MI ended at a net run rate of 0.421 as against 0.131 and 0.044 of CSK and DC respectively. MI’s win meant that the KKR are knocked out of the tournament with Sunrisers making it to the play-offs at their expense on better net run rate.

KKR and SRH ended the league phase on 12 points each but the Hyderabad-based side sneaked to the play-offs with 0.577 net run rate against 0.028 of the Kolkata side.

MI and Chennai Super Kings play against each other in Chennai in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday while Delhi Capitals -- who finished third -- take on SRH in the Eliminator at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The Qualifier 2 -- between the losing team of Qualifier 1 and winner of Eliminator -- will also be played at Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Chasing 134 for a win, MI made a good start with 46 runs coming form powerplay without losing any wicket. South African Quinton de Kock hitting two consecutive sixes and a four off Andre Russell in the fourth over was the highlight.

De Kock (30) was out the first ball after powerplay with wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik taking a brilliant running catch off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna.

That was the only success KKR had as Rohit and Yadav took MI home in 16.1 overs. Yadav hit a towering six to end the match.

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders scored a sub-par 133 for 7 in their ‘do-or die’ game.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 06, 2019 15:08 IST

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