IPL 2019: Russell key for Kolkata Knight Riders

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26 Mar 2019

Russell is one of the most powerful hitters, says Kallis

West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell stayed true to his potential as a powerful hard-hitter after winning an unlikely contest for the Kolkata Knight Riders in match number two of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season.

The senior cricketer, who is a vital player for the franchise, drew praise from coach Jacques Kallis.

Here's what the Proteas legend had to say.

KKR vs SRH

Russell's carnage helped KKR win against SRH

Russell's carnage helped KKR win against SRH

Russell was on song against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

He smashed a 19-ball 49* to see his side win the game from an unlikely position.

KKR scored 53 runs from the final three overs with two balls to spare.

It was magnificent power-hitting from the dangerous Russell.

He also smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 25 runs in the 19th over.

Praise

Kallis in awe of Russell

Kallis stated that he witnessed such carnage from a finisher after a long time.

"In terms of finishing, he is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen. It was a good knock. He timed it well. And there were issues, the light wasn't incredible. But it was some of the best ball striking I have seen in a long time."

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Russell is a genuine match-winner for KKR

In 51 matches for KKR, Russell has amassed 939 runs at a strike-rate of 180.23. He has hit seven four fifties. Russell has also impressed with the ball with 46 scalps to his name. He is a genuine match-winner for the eastern giants.

Our take

Russell's impact will be immense for KKR: Our take

Russell's impact will be immense for KKR: Our take

Last season, Russell scored 316 runs for KKR and also picked up 13 wickets.

The team will be relying upon him to produce match-winning performances.

KKR have been a consistent side in the IPL and Russell's role will be important if they are to win a third title.

Dinesh Karthik's side will face King XI Punjab next on Wednesday.

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Russell scored 49* against SRH in IPL 2019.

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"In terms of finishing, he is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen," Kallis said regarding Russell.

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KKR scored 53 runs in the final three overs against SRH.

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KKR will be up against KXIP next in IPL 2019.

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