IPL 2021: Andre Russell said he planned the first-ball yorker to AB de Villiers during KKR’s massive 9-wicket win over RCB

IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders’ star all-rounder Andre Russell said he needed to plan and defeat AB de Villiers. Highlighting that the South African star had taken their bowling assault separated when the two sides met prior within the IPL 2021 season in India.

However, AB de Villiers hit a 34-ball 76 in Chennai against KKR in April but he departed for a brilliant duck in Abu Dhabi. Thus, De Villiers was not able to join Glenn Maxwell and protect RCB after a destitute begin as Andre Russell’s yorker was as well great for the South African star within the first delivery he confronted.

Russell, who was reliably hitting 135-plus came around the wicket and targeted de Villiers’s boots. The previous South Africa captain attempted to urge his bat down on time but the ball hit his pads and reflected onto the stumps.

De Villiers’ early exit advanced the weight on RCB and Glenn Maxwell was not able to protect the group with Varun Chakravarthy and Russell tightening the noose within the middle-overs. Within the end, RCB were bundled out for their 6th least total within the history of IPL — 92. Russell wrapped up with figures of 3/9 whereas Chakravarthy ended up picking 3/13.

Shubman Gill

IPL 2021: Andre Russell

Therefore, KKR gunned down the 93-run target with 10 overs to save as Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer launched into the RCB bowling assault.


“Yes, naturally I planned that yorker because before that I was bowling a lot of long balls. I know AB is a clever guy. I was just trying to outsmart him and get it right. It happened,” Russell said.

“The last time he took us apart in Chennai. This time, I planned to get him out. First-ball yorker and it happened. I backed myself,” he added.

“He wasn’t (expecting the yorker).”

In the interim, Russell inquired Chakravarthy why he doesn’t celebrate his wickets with more eagerness than he does in competitive cricket. Chakravarthy cut a composed figure indeed as he castled Glenn Maxwell for 10 to knock the win out of RCB’s sails.

“I want 24 wickets in a match (laughs). It’s just that I want to stay focused and not get distracted. If I celebrate too much, I will end up losing focus on what I need to do next. But later on, I do celebrate,” he said.

KKR bounced to the 5th spot within the IPL 2021 points table and have put themselves back in contention for a spot within the playoffs, thanks to their enormous win on return to the UAE.

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