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Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell has missed the last four matches for Kolkata Knight Riders due to injury. In his place, Kolkata played Team Seifert and Team Southee in the first two matches. But they did not succeed as planned. As a result, their plans have to change.
In the last two matches, Kolkata has succeeded in bringing down another all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in place of Russell. Shakib has bowled well in both the matches. At first, Sunrisers took 1 wicket in four overs against Hyderabad at a cost of only 20. And on Thursday against Rajasthan Royals he took the first wicket with only 1 run in one over.
After the match against Rajasthan, Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan frankly admitted that with Shakib, Kolkata could easily fill the gap of Andre Russell. Morgan also gave an update on Russell’s return. However, he did not say anything about making Shakib only 1 over.
“The way Shakib has performed in the last two matches has made it easier for us to make up for Russell’s absence,” Morgan said at the post-match awards ceremony. Shakib has made undeniable contribution in both the matches. We’ve been going one day for Russell. He himself is working hard.
Kolkata almost secured a ticket to the play-offs by defeating Rajasthan by a huge margin of 7 runs on Thursday night. Mumbai will have to win the last match against Hyderabad by 161 runs or more today. And if you bat later, there is no chance for Mumbai.
After such a victory, the Kolkata captain commented, ‘I don’t think there could have been anything better. We did everything to win and we got it. The situation was a bit difficult after losing the toss and batting. However, after 160 runs, it seems that we are in the driver’s seat.
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