IPL 2021: Andre Russell Blames Dinesh Karthik And Himself For KKR’s Poor Loss Against MI

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Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians yet again announced to the world their supremacy in the Indian Premier League. On Tuesday night, Mumbai Indians produced a memorable bowling performance against the Kolkata-based franchise to clinch the 2 points out of nowhere. Mumbai Indians handed a facile target of 153 runs for KKR to chase. KKR started off in an orderly fashion with Nitish Rana (57) and Shubman Gill (33) taking charge with the bat.

IPL 2021: KKR vs MI highlights

KKR openers combined together for a 72-run stand. The target was looking easily achievable until Mumbai Indians decided to turn the wave to their side. Rohit Sharma’s brilliant captaincy and Jasprit Bumrah’s impenetrable bowling dented KKR’s run chase. Trent Boult got the better of two world-class batsmen Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in the final over as MI went on to win the game by 10 runs marking their 22nd win against KKR in 28 outings.

IPL 2021: Andre Russell’s post-match interview

KKR all-rounder Andre Russell expressed his disappointment of losing an easy match. Russell, in a post-match interview, said “Yeah, it was a bit difficult to hit at the end. The guys were bowling cutters, and they were bowling into the wicket. But at the end of the day, we are professionals. Not going to look for any excuses. We should have crossed the line tonight.”

“We know what we can do, and I know what I can do. Unfortunately good finishers like me and DK, we didn’t get bat to ball. If we had got a few boundaries, the game would have been over. We are going to go back to the drawing board. We have been playing some good cricket. It is just about moving from this game and going from strength to strength,” he added.

Russell was given two lives in the game. “I was just playing each ball on its merit. Not trying to get out. Unfortunately, you get a delivery in the slot, and you think you can get it away… Luckily, I got dropped two times, and the third time, I wasn’t that lucky. It’s a game of cricket. We don’t try to do the wrong things all the time, but they happen.”

“It’s part of the game. Sometimes luck goes your way. Sometimes it doesn’t. At that time, I was looking to rotate the strike, not allow too many dot balls. Once we would have ticked over, we knew we would have been good. I didn’t get any runs, and that’s what built a bit of pressure on me.”, he concluded.

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