IPL 2023: KKR really needed to win vs RCB, Andre Russell relieved after 4-match losing streak
By India Today Sports Desk: Kolkata Knight Riders Andre Russell was relieved after the team defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore, bagging a crucial victory in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday, 26 April. Playing at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, KKR bowling attack did incredibly well to restrict RCB to a total of 179/8 in 20 overs, defeating them by 21 runs.
Russell spoke about breaking the losing streak by defending a score in a stadium where chasing has been preferred, said that KKR were under a lot of pressure in the last few games.
KKR vs RCB: Highlights
“We really needed that victory. You know we were under the pump for the last few games. But now this win makes us feel better, two points keep you happy. Batting first tonight, we know anything around 200 would be great. Scoreboard pressure is always good to have. It doesn’t matter whether you bat first or bat second. In the end, all it comes down to runs and the dew factor,” Russell told the broadcaster after the match.
The West Indian T20 legend bowled his full quota of 4 overs, a rare occurrence these days and picked 2 important wickets of Virat Kohli and Wanindu Hasaranga. Russell spoke about his physical health and said that he needed to be smarter with his body these days and is trying to do his best with the ball at the moment.
“Once I get the ball, I try to do my best. I try to contribute in whatever way I can. Still confident with the bat but got a brilliant yorker from Siraj. We are taking game by game and day by day. So one game at a time for us. Recovery is very important. As I get older I need to get smarter with my body,” Russell said after the match.
With the win, KKR broke their 4-match losing streak and improved their Net Run Rate. The team is still at the 7th position in the league table with six points from 8 matches.