Andre Russell lit up Eden Gardens with a 19-ball 49 as he led Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 2 of the 2019 Indian Premier League in Kolkata. The crowd at Eden has always been electrifying and 'Dre Rusell' was overwhelmed by the support shown by the fans.
Present amongst the crowd at Eden for the IPL encounter, was KKR co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The renowned actor thanked the fans for their support and for turning up in large numbers for the clash.
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Shah Rukh was also seen along with co-owner and Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla as they cheered on the Purple gang. Shah Rukh revealed that the love shown by the KKR fans left Andre Russell overwhelmed so much that he nearly broke into tears.
'@Russell12A said to me that he was so overwhelmed with the welcome fans gave him, that he wanted to cry. Then decided big boys don’t cry in public. @NitishRana_27 @robbieuthappa & @RealShubmanGill & the whole team plays for You Kolkata. Thk u for the Love,' wrote SRK.
@Russell12A said to me that he was so overwhelmed with the welcome fans gave him, that he wanted to cry. Then decided big boys don’t cry in public. @NitishRana_27 @robbieuthappa & @RealShubmanGill & the whole team plays for You Kolkata. Thk u for the Love.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 24, 2019
Russell smashed an explosive 49 to spoil David Warner's scintillating IPL comeback as Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a dramatic six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Sunday.
Needing 53 runs from last three overs, the powerful Jamaican changed the course of the match with his big-hitting against Siddharth Kaul, creaming off 19 runs from that over.
He retained the strike by taking a smart single and continued his assault on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who too bled 19 runs in the penultimate over as KKR sealed the 182-run chase with two balls to spare.
Russell hammered four sixes and an equal number of boundaries in run sequence that read 6-6-1-4-1-4-6-4-0-6-1. Youngster Shubman Gill (18 not out) completed the formalities with two sixes off Shakib-Al-Hasan.