Twitter Reactions: Dre-Russ and Shubman Gill bring ecstasy to KKR fans in the City of Joy

Twitter Reactions: Dre-Russ and Shubman Gill bring ecstasy to KKR fans in the City of Joy

Hardik Pandya gave the Knights an almighty scare with a 34-ball 91.

Andre Russell and Shubman Gill
Andre Russell and Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) eventually managed to cease their losing streak in this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, captained by Dinesh Karthik, won by 34 runs against the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Most importantly, KKR keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs. The day was more memorable for the home team, who won their 100th T20 game.

The Dre-Russ and Gill show

After losing the toss, the Knight Riders came out all guns blazing. Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill didn’t die wondering and put on an opening stand of 96 runs off 57 deliveries. The former notched his half-century in 27 balls after which Rahul Chahar got rid of him, much to Mumbai’s delight. The young Gill didn’t stop and accomplished his fifty in 32 deliveries. Meanwhile, Andre Russell came to bat at number three.

Gill got out to Hardik Pandy following his knock of 76 off 45 balls with six fours and four sixes. Russell was a tad cautious to start his knock, but he picked up. The Jamaican ended up scoring 80 runs from 40 balls. In his knock, he smashed six fours and also completed 50 sixes in the tournament. Rahul Chahar disturbed him a wee bit but to no avail. The Knight Riders raced away to a colossal 232 in 20 overs.

Hardik Pandya tries valiantly

MI got off to a horrendous start as Sunil Narine accounted for the prized scalp of Quinton de Kock for a golden duck. Thereafter, Harry Gurney trapped Rohit Sharma plumb in front. The visitors’ powerplay turned out to be a poor one as they could only garner 41 runs. Dre Russ came to the party and picked up Evin Lewis. Suryakumar Yadav threatened with a 14-ball 26 and he became Russell’s second victim.

Thereafter, Hardik Pandya went berserk and raced off to a half-century off a mere 17 balls. In the last six overs, Mumbai were faced with a required rate of over 16. But that didn’t faze Pandya and kept peppering the boundary with sheer ease. Pandya spat venom and muscled his way to 91 off 34 balls with six fours and nine sixes. Gurney picked his wicket and that pulled the curtains down on the game.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the high-scoring encounter

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