IPL 2019: Andre Russell gifts his match award to a special fan after KKR’s win over SRH
That was indeed a wonderful gesture from Dre Russ.
Updated - Mar 25, 2019 11:45 am
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had a special guest at the Eden Gardens for their first home game of IPL 2019 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Harshul Goenka, a cricket enthusiast who is affected by cerebral palsy, was present at the ground cheering for his team. The youngster remains present at almost every home game of KKR and one of the players from the team goes to greet him after the game. This time, it was the turn of Andre Russell to meet this super fan.
Russell was the ‘Man of the Match’ in this game for his unbeaten 49 off 19 balls. The Caribbean cricketer smashed four sixes in his innings and was thus the ‘Super Striker of the Match’. As he went to meet Harshul, Russell carried the memento that he received and gifted it to the fan. Young Harshul seemed to be very excited as he met this dynamic cricketer.
He received a warm hug from Dre Russ and posed for pictures while receiving the gift from the all-rounder. KKR shared this video of Russell going up to meet Harshul Goenka on their social media platforms. “.
@Russell12A with our special Knight Rider @harshulgoenka1! #KKRvSRH #VivoIPL #KKRHaiTaiyaar,” they wrote in their tweet.
Here is the video
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 24, 2019
What happened in the match?
KKR won the toss and opted to field first in Match 2 of IPL 2019. The Sunrisers were powered by their comeback hero David Warner in the game. The Australian stitched together a brilliant knock of 85 which came off 53 balls. The team finished with 181 runs on the board after 20 overs.
Also Read: Full review of the game between KKR and SRH
SRH was pretty much in the game until the 17th over. With the required run rate going past 15, it seemed tough for KKR to get home. But Andre Russell had other plans. He absolutely toyed with the bowlers and smashed them all around the park. The hosts completed the chase with two balls left in the game.