Kolkata Knight Riders post 1776 from a 63-run stand between Sam Billings and Andre Russell . Kolkata Knight Riders bowled out for 551 in the powerplay, with Ajinkya Rahane and Nitish Rana leading the charge .
Pune (Maharashtra) (India), May 14: On Saturday, Kolkata Knight Riders were able to post a solid 1776 from a 63-run stand between Sam Billings (34) and Andre Russell in their 20 overs at MCA Stadium in Pune.With the bat, KKR had a good day, as everyone contributed to a good result.Umran Malik was the most prolific bowler for SRH, impressing once again with three scalps in his squad.Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a shaky start in the second over of the match when opener Venkatesh Iyer was bowled by pacer Marco Jansen for only 7 runs.Till the fourth day of the tournament, things were not going to be so good for the KKR, as the duo of Jansen and Bhubaneshwar Kumar held the run rate steady.In the fifth over, SRH bowlers Ajinkya Rahane and his compatriot Rana began an assault, propelling them to a dramatic score by the end of the powerplay.Knight Riders were able to reach a solid 551 on the powerplay after the fifth and sixth overs bowled by pacer T Natarajan and Jansen were smashed for 18 and 17 runs, with Rana (24*) and Rahane (20*) leading the charge.The two continued their solid run, before Umran Malik dismissed Rana for 26 off 16 with Shashank Singh's safe hands, putting an end to a 48-run gap between them. Malik took the over on a high note, taking Rahane for 28 off 24 with Shashank Singh taking another catch.Sam Billings, an Englishman, came to the fore in this game.After being dismissed by Rahul Tripathi at deep midwicket for 15 off 9, Iyer was Maliks next victim in the 10th round.KKR had lost the momentum that had initially existed on the Rana-Rahane stand as they stood at 834 with Sam Billings (3*), who was joined by Rinku Singh at the end of the 10 overs. Half of KKR was back in the pavilion with a score of 94, according to the article.Andre Russell fell down the crease, with a responsibility to stitch a match-saving stand and muscle his way into the SRH bowling attack.With a bit of strike rotation and some heavy blows on occasion, he and Billings resumed the rebuilding efforts for KKR.KKR stood at 1195 at the end of 15 overs, with Billings (15*) and Russell (16*). Kumar took the next over by 13 runs.Natrajan took the ball in the 18th minute with the responsibility of halting the run rate in death overs.The two used 36 balls to make their 50-run stand.Knight Rider sprinted over the 150-run mark when Billings smashes the next ball for a six. Finally, KKR finished at 1776 in their 20 overs, thanks to Russell's brutal assault on Washington Sundar, who hit him for three sixes.Russell placed 49th in the rankings, while Sunil Narine was 1st.Umran Malik was the pick of the bowlers for SRH, totaling 333 in four overs.Kumar, Jansen, and Natarajan took one wicket each.