[caption id="attachment_715282" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Gallery-Andre-Russell-smashed-unbeaten-49-off-251.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-715282" alt="Andre Russell, KKR, RR, IPL 2018, IPL" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Gallery-Andre-Russell-smashed-unbeaten-49-off-251.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Andre Russell smashed unbeaten 49 off 25 IANS[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders/">Kolkata Knight Riders (</a>KKR) have made it to Qualifier 2 after beating <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rajasthan-royals">Rajasthan Royals </a>(RR) by 25 runs in the Eliminator of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League">Vivo IPL 2018</a>. KKR were under pressure at one point when they were 52 for 4 in the eighth over. It was the 52-run partnership by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> (52) and Shubman Gill (28) that stabled things for the home side. Then <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/andre-russell/">Andre Russell</a>, who came to bat in the 15th over, took the score to 169 with na unbeaten 25-ball 49. He smashed 3 fours and 5 sixes. <p></p> <p></p>In the post-match presentation Russell spoke about KKR's journey to the Playoffs and the importance of each game. He also revealed his approach while batting: "It feels very good. It has been a hectic road since the game against KXIP. Every game moving forward has been like a final. We know how important this was and it feels good to have contributed with the bat and the ball. I think it is just a clear head. You get a short ball, you get a slower ball or a wide ball, you try to play a shot accordingly. It is about having a still base. I try to swing hard and believe in my ability." <p></p> <p></p>RR were cruising towards victory at one point when the KKR spinners came on and turned the fortunes for them. Russell did his bit with ball with 3-0-22-0, including a tight 19th over: "I think it is good to take responsibility as a senior player. I don't mind smashing and finishing the innings off and then come and bowl the first over. It was a good game for all of us. As I said, every game from here on is a final and we cannot take anything for granted. It is going to be a new game with a new ball and we will have to start on the front foot." <p></p> <p></p>KKR are only one step away from final as they will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 25 at Eden gardens for the Qualifier 2.