“Dre Russ At The End…”: Pat Cummins’ Honest Andre Russell Verdict As SRH Suffer 4-Run Defeat


After a thrilling last-ball defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins backed his team and said that they performed really well in the match. Andre Russell's explosive half-century helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in their IPL 2024 match at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Heinrich Klaasen's knock of 63 off 29 balls went in vain as he took SRH closer to victory but could not take it over the finish line.

Russell played an unbeaten inning of 64 runs with the help of seven skyscraper sixes and three fours in just 25 balls. He also took two wickets in the match, where he bowled two overs and conceded 25 runs in his spell.

The right-arm fast bowler said that it was a wonderful game of cricket and it is unfortunate that we lost.

“Close game at the end, amazing game of cricket. Unfortunately it didn't go our way. I thought mostly, I'm really happy with the way we bowled. Obviously Dre Russ does what Dre Russ does in the end , He is very strong.” in order to stop. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job. You make your plan, you try to do your best but he is a very difficult guy to bowl to, he played some good shots, some balls maybe we could have bowled a little bit more,” Cummins said in the post-match presentation. Said, “The different but the hardest thing in cricket is to bowl to such a player in the end.”

The World Cup winner also praised South African wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who almost pulled off the game for SRH.

“It's one of those, one way or the other, amazing job by Klaas (Klaassen) and Shahbaz to get us back in the game and get us in that position. Who would have thought we would get so close. Unfortunately a little bit More. In a game where we didn't really put everything together, yet we competed almost as well against a very good team on their home ground, there were a lot of people to be encouraged about, a lot of good performers. “There were some points to work on,” the Australian cricketer said, “happy with the way the toss went.”

Talking about the match, KKR, who came to bat first after SRH, was reduced to 51/4 in 7.3 overs. However, the half-century innings of Phil Salt (54 runs in 40 balls, with the help of three fours and three sixes) and the explosive innings of Ramandeep Singh (35 runs in 17 balls, with the help of one four and four sixes) helped the team. Kept the run pace fine. But they were still struggling at 119/6 in 13.5 overs.

Andre Russell (64* in 25 balls, with the help of three fours and seven sixes) and Rinku Singh (23* in 15 balls, with the help of three fours) had an explosive partnership of 67 runs, taking KKR to 208/7 in 20 overs. reached at.

T Natarajan (3/32) and Mayank Markande (2/32) were the top bowlers for SRH.

Chasing the target of 209 runs, SRH stitched a 60-run partnership between Mayank Agarwal (32 from 21 balls with four fours and one six) and Abhishek Sharma (32 from 19 balls with four fours and two sixes) Started well with. The team lost its way and were soon 145/5 in 16.5 overs.

However, Heinrich Klaasen (63 off 29 balls, with eight sixes) and Shahbaz Ahmed (16 off five balls, with one four and two sixes) hit a flurry of sixes in the end, allowing fast bowler Mitchell Starc to fall for 24 runs. Got more rewards. His over yielded Rs 26 runs, giving him maiden figures for KKR as he finished at 0/53 in four overs. 13 runs were needed in the final over, but Harshit Rana (3/33) kept his composure, taking two wickets and defending the remaining runs.

Andre Russell received 'Player of the Match' for his half-century and figures of 2/25.

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