After winning their respective first match of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight locked horns with each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday (April 10).
The atmosphere at Chepauk was absolutely electrifying since it was Chennai’s first match in front of their home crowd after 3 years. CSK along with Rajasthan Royals were barred from the cash-rich Indian Premier League for the past two editions because of the corruption and fixing allegations against their respective owners.
After winning the toss, CSK skipper MS Dhoni opted to bowl first and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh proved his captain right by dismissing the swashbuckling Sunil Narine in the second over for only 12. KKR didn’t manage to get going in the middle overs as most of the batsmen lost their wickets after being set. However, the maverick Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell was in a different mood as he blasted his way to a breathtaking 88 off 36 balls. Kolkata eventually ended with a mammoth total of 202 on the board in their 20 overs.
Shane Watson picked 2 wickets for the CSK in his quota of 4 overs while Harbhajan, Jadeja and Thakur claimed wicket one wicket each.
Just like any other IPL encounter, Twitterverse was going berserk. Here are some of the top tweets lauding KKR’s stellar show with the bat:
With bat, Russell is doing to Bravo what Bravo did to Mumbai the other night. If anything, more devastatingly...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 10, 2018
Now it remains to be seen if Andre Russell can put the ball in the gaps and pick up singles. ????#AndrePower— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 10, 2018
Andre Russell at his destructive best????????????. That is some of the cleanest, easiest hitting I have seen for a while, 88(36). #vivoipl2018.— ian bishop (@irbishi) April 10, 2018
Andre Russell , remember the name.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 10, 2018
11 sixes in his 88 not out and has single handedly given KKR the momentum and advantage. Some of the cleanest striking you will ever see. #CSKvKKR
The last shot by andre Russell to slower one of bravo is pure power with great skill. The ball was dipping— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 10, 2018