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“Dre Russ At The End…”: Pat Cummins’ honest Andre Russell verdict as SRH suffer a 4-run defeat | Cricket News

After losing the last ball thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, SunRisers Hyderabad skipper Pat Cummins supported his team and said that they performed really well in the match. An explosive half-century from Andre Russell helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) overtake Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in their IPL 2024 match at Eden Gardens on Saturday. Heinrich Klaasen’s 29-ball 63 went in vain as he brought SRH close to victory but could not get them over the finish line.

Russell played an unbeaten innings of 64 runs off just 25 balls with seven massive sixes and three boundaries. He also picked two wickets in the match where he bowled two overs and conceded 25 runs in his tenure.

The right-arm pacer claimed it was a wonderful game of cricket and it was unfortunate that we ended up on the losing side.

“In the end it was a close game, a wonderful game of cricket. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as we expected. I thought overall we were very happy with the way we bowled. Obviously, in the end, Dre Russ does what Dre Russ does, he’s pretty tough.” All in all, I think we did a pretty good job. You plan, you try to do your best but a pretty tough guy to bowl against, hit a few good shots, a few balls, maybe we could have bowled a bit “It’s different but the toughest task in cricket it is to end up bowling against someone like that,” Cummins said in the post-match presentation.

The World Cup-winning player also applauded South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klassen, who almost ended the game for SRH.

“It’s one of those, goes one way or the other, great job from Klaas (Klaasen) and Shahbaz to get us back into the game and put us in that position. Who would have thought we would be so close. Unfortunately, a little.” A little too much. In a game where we couldn’t really get everything going, we still almost played against a very good team in their home stadium. There was a lot to encourage, a lot of good players and a few points to work on. “I’m happy with the way the toss went too,” the Australian cricketer added.

When SRH batted first, KKR were reduced to 51/4 in 7.3 overs. However, a half-century from Phil Salt (54 in 40 balls, with three fours and three sixes) and an explosive knock from Ramandeep Singh (35 in 17 balls, with four and four sixes) kept the team’s run rate good stayed. but they were still struggling at 119/6 in 13.5 overs.

What followed was an explosive 67-run partnership between Andre Rusell (64* in 25 balls, with three fours and seven sixes) and Rinku Singh (23 in 15 balls, with three fours) that took KKR to 208/7 in 20 overs .

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

In the 209-run chase, SRH started well with an opening stand of 60 runs between Mayank Agarwal (32 in 21 balls with four boundaries and a six) and Abhishek Sharma (32 in 19 balls with four boundaries and two sixes). The team lost its way and were soon at 145/5 in 16.5 overs.

However, Heinrich Klaasen (63 in 29 balls with eight sixes) and Shahbaz Ahmed (16 in five balls, with four and two sixes) failed to unleash a barrage of sixes towards the end, dismissing pacer Mitchell Starc for a prize of over Rs 24 crore for 26 runs in his over and finished his first figures for KKR at 0/53 in four overs. 13 runs were needed in the final over but Harshit Rana (3/33) held his nerve, took two wickets and defended the remaining runs.

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

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