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Andre Russell Registered His Best Bowling Figures In IPL
By CricShots - Apr 14, 2021 11:37 am
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The flamboyant Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder, Andre Russell managed to register his best-ever bowling figures in T20 cricket against the formidable Mumbai Indians during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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Andre Russell

Russell’s 5/15 against the defending champion is also the best bowling figure ever registered by a KKR bowler; the previous best being 5/19 by Sunil Narine which came against the Punjab Kings in Kolkata in 2012.

This is also the best bowling figures ever registered by a bowler against MI, as Russell went on to eclipse Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Harshal Patel’s figures of 5/27 on day one of IPL 2021. Being brought into the attack in only the 18th over of the game, the flamboyant all-rounder, for the wicket on his second delivery, getting compatriot Kieron Pollard caught behind for 5.

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Speaking about the dismissal during the innings break, the 32-year-old said, “It’s always good to get Polly out early. We all know what he can do.”

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Best Bowling figures by a bowler against MI

In the final over, Russel got the wicket of Marco Jansen, who picked out Pat Cummins at deep extra cover. Russell almost ended up getting a hat-trick in his second over (20th of the innings) when Rahul Chahar whipped a fuller delivery just short of Shakib Al Hasan at deep mid-wicket. However, he eventually got the wicket off the very next ball.

The KKR big-hitter also accounted for the dismissals of Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.

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When asked about his role at KKR as a death bowler, Russell said, “I have been working very hard in practice sessions and taking responsibility of bowling in the death. You might go for runs, but there’s always a chance of taking wickets. I always keep stretching in the field and jogging around, you got to be ready in the 18th over.”