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Rana, Russell power KKR to 200/9

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

stepped on the gas with an carnage in the middle as they overcame a slow start to post a challenging 200 for nine against in the (IPL) here today.

Nitish Rana anchored the innings with a breezy 59, but it was Russell's show in the middle overs, which lifted the hosts to 200 after being put in by at the Eden Gardens.

Russell occupied the crease briefly, for 12 balls, but hit all over the park en route to a brutal 41 -- 36 off them coming in sixes.

That the Jamaican did not have a single four in his whirlwind innings, summed up his dominance, before being deceived by Trent Boult's inswinging yorker that unsettled his leg-stump.

The only blip in Russell's innings was when he was dropped on 7 by off the of Mohammed Shami, but from thereon there was no stopping the Jamaican.

Russell missed out on a fifty, but Rana brought up his in 30 balls in a highly impressive knock, which contained five fours and four sixes.

The former Mumbai Indians batsman caught the attention with his strokemaking and temperament, holding the innings together before being done in by a slower one by

After the departure of Russell and Rana, wrist spinner (3/18) took three wickets in the last over, but the duo's stunning 61-run partnership from 22 balls was enough to help post a challenging total.

Boult gave a terrific start, a maiden first over to Chris Lynn, and then accounting for

But they still managed to score 50 runs in the Powerplay, thanks to some clean hitting by Lynn (31) and Uthappa, who scored a brisk 35 from 19 balls.

Lynn got into the groove by smashing Boult for back-to-back boundaries before Uthappa took Nadeem to the cleaners with two sixes and a four.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 22:15 IST