IPL 2024
Andre Russell’s Shines Through With Hardik Pandya’s Dismissal As Netizens Erupt
By CricShots - May 3, 2024 11:11 pm
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In a display of resilience and determination, Andre Russell showcased his fighting spirit during the MI vs. KKR match at Wankhede Stadium. Despite sustaining an injury, Russell chose to bowl for his team and made a significant impact by claiming the crucial wicket of Hardik Pandya. The pivotal moment came in the second delivery of the 12th over, with Mumbai Indians struggling at five wickets down and still needing 89 runs to win.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

With the team relying on Hardik Pandya to support Jasprit Bumrah, the MI skipper’s unfortunate trend of poor form continued as he departed for just one run.

Facing a shortish delivery angled towards the middle, Hardik attempted to work it towards the leg side. However, the ball came off the deck slower than expected, resulting in a big leading edge that was easily caught by Manish Pandey at mid-wicket.

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Earlier, winning the toss, Hardik Pandya opted to bowl first. The bowlers responded impressively, restricting KKR to a total of 169 runs, with Jasprit Bumrah and Thushara taking three wickets each. In response, Mumbai Indians struggled to establish momentum, losing wickets at regular intervals, particularly against the skilful bowling of Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine.

 

As of now, even Suryakumar Yadav (SKY) got out for MI, with Gerald Coetze joining Tim David after SKY’s dismissal. The pair will need to anchor the innings and steer MI towards victory.

During the toss, KKR skipper Shreyas emphasized the importance of executing the basics correctly, while MI skipper Hardik Pandya acknowledged the challenge ahead but expressed confidence in his team’s ability to deliver a strong performance.

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Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Hardik Pandya (c), Naman Dhir, Tim David, Gerald Coetzee, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah, Nuwan Thushara

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Philip Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer (c), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh , Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy