How do you stop Andre Russell? The question must be eating away Ajinkya Rahaneas he awaits the arrival of ‘Russell Storm’ in Jaipur on Sunday as his Rajasthan Royals face Kolkata Knight Riders.

His superb form has seen KKR surge to victories from difficult positions right from their season opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Russell’s brutal hitting has been the common thread running through their impressive show.

So, how do they neutralise Russell? Spin. Although, RR are struggling with their bowling, the form of legspinner Shreyas Gopal has been good news. In their last match, Gopal bamboozled RCB pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with his googlies which eventually proved decisive in guiding them to a maiden win of the season.

Before they even focus on the Jamaican, RR will have to deal with KKR’s top order that has been in equally good, if not destructive. Their spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla only adds to the challenge. But RR have just won their first match and the high-on-confidence hosts will be itching to keep the momentum. They also boast of world-class batting order but barring a couple, the rest are yet to fire on all cylinders. RR will have to rise to the challenge or they are sure to be walloped by red-hot KKR.