Mumbai Indians

Special Dre! Russell blitz drives Kolkata to IPL season best and victory


Andre Russell smashed an unbeaten 80 to help Kolkata Knight Riders end their six-match losing streak after notching up a season's best of 232-2 in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.


Mumbai batsman Hardik Pandya hit 91 off 34 balls to try and pull off the chase but the three-time champions finished on 198-7 at Kolkata's Eden Gardens with the home side winning by 34 runs.


"I generate a lot of power from my shoulders and then the core and a good balance," Russell said after receiving the man of the match award.


Two places are still up for grabs in the play-offs with Delhi Capitals and defending champions Chennai Super Kings having already booked their berths in the final four.


Earlier Shubman Gill, who hit 76, and Chris Lynn, who made 54, put on 96 for the opening wicket and Russell took over from there to tear into the Mumbai bowling attack.


Russell registered his fourth fifty of the season to jump to second in the IPL batting charts with 486 runs, behind Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman David Warner (611).






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