Andre Russell starred with the bat and ball to power KKR to a 34-run win over MI.

With a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 47th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ended their six-match losing streak and added two important points to their account.

Having won four matches their first five games, KKR were once looking favourites to make it to the playoffs. However, a string of losses has made KKR’s entry in the top four a little uncertain. However, this win over the Rohit Sharma-led unit has helped KKR moved to the fifth spot in the points table, with five wins and ten points against their name.

It is not yet an easy task for KKR to make it to the playoffs. The Dinesh Karthik-led side , which no longer has any home games, will have to first win their remainder of the matches – against Kings XI Punjab on May 3 and then against MI on May 5 – and then has to hope for favourable results from the other games to grab the two spots in the top four, with Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals already sealing two spots.

In tonight’s clash against the Rohit Sharma-led side, Andre Russell put up an allround display. The Jamaican scored an unbeaten 80 off 40 balls and then scalped two wickets and held on to two catches to play a pivotal role in KKR’s win.

While Hardik Pandya scored the fastest fifty of the season and went on to score 91 in just 34 balls, it was too little too late as MI had not a had a platform from where Pandya’s knock could have powered them to a win.

Chasing a mammoth 233-run target, MI lost too many wickets too soon and it meant Pandya’s blitz went in vain. With none from the top four- Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis – setting up a platform, Pandya, despite hitting as many as nine sixes and six fours, was left with too much to do.