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Russell blitz took the game away from Delhi: Sriram

IANS  |  Kolkata 

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

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.

Pant (26-ball 43) and (22-ball 47) briefly threatened to make it a contest with a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket in 33 balls.

"I think and Maxwell were set up to do that but that did not happen whereas in Wankhede, (53-ball 91 not out) did that for us and that made the target achievable," the added.

Asked how important Rana's knock was, felt that if Russell had not played the way he did, they could have restricted KKR to 170 odd.

"His (Russell) innings overshadowed what did. Had Russell got out earlier, we would have still got them under 170. That dropped catch by Jason Roy, 165-170..wasn't going to be that dangerous at the end and cause as much damage as what Russell did.

"Not taking any credit away from him, but the Russell innings was a match winning one. You would expect a Nitish Rana to play like that but still end up with 170 and 170 is chaseable. But when somebody gets 41 in 12 balls, that wins the game for you."

Sriram said Delhi's Powerplay is a concern, also backing pacer who was hit for six sixes by Russell and leaked as many as 53 runs in four overs.

"Our Powerplay is a concern and we need to address that very quickly.

"He (Shami) has got to come up with some sort of strategy. He started well today. His first couple of overs were very good.

"That dropped catch was off him, it would have been a completely different day for him. That's what sport is all about and he got on the wrong side of russell. He lost the plot for about 6-7 balls and that's enough for you to have a bad game," said Sriram, who has played eight ODIs for

Roy dropped Russell when he was batting on seven off Shami's bowling.

Asked about KKR spinners, Sriram said while is hard to get away, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla were not extraordinary.

"is obviously very good but the other two are very gettable, Kuldeep got away with his long hops which we could say we were unlucky or he could say he was lucky. But on any other day 10 metre this way or that way both would have been sixes. And that's the way the game goes. They bank a lot on their spinners. I think today they were gettable."

Kuldeep and Narine shared six wickets between them to trigger Delhi's collapse. Delhi next take on Royal Challengers on April 21 in Bengaluru.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 14:02 IST