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Russell blitz took the game away from Delhi: Sriram

Sahir  Usman
By Sahir Usman
November 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM View: 1142

Kolkata, April 17 - Andre Russell's carnage (12-ball 41) in the middle overs of Kolkata Knight Riders' innings took the game away from Delhi Daredevils, who lost by 71 runs on Monday night, their bowling coach Sridharan Sriram feels.

"The way they got 200 was a bit too much on this wicket. I think 170-180 was about par score. That Russell blitz in the middle took the game away. When he is in that sort of flow it's difficult. We did all our planning but the execution just wasn't right," Sriram told reporters at the post match press conference.

Russell came in with KKR 113/4 in the 14th over. In the 12 balls he faced, the burly West Indian all-rounder clobbered six sixes -- all off Mohammed Shami -- adding 61 to his team's total in the company of Nitish Rana who anchored the KKR innings with a classy 35-ball 59. 

KKR posted a mammoth 200/9 and in reply Daredevils were bowled out for 129, with 5.4 overs still to play.

"When you are chasing 200, one guy has to get 70-80 plus. If you see the history of T20 criket, whenever a big target has been chased down, one guy got 70 or more," Sriram opined.

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