Kolkata Knight Riders would have been eliminated from the playoff race if they had lost the game against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League 2023.
However, Andre Russell finally came to the party and slammed 42 off 23 balls to take the five-time champions to a five-wicket win.
Russell was dismissed in the last over, but Rinku Singh amassed 21 off 10 balls to finish the game. Former India player Mohammad Kaif has backed Russell for the last few games despite his reckless hots.
He hailed the all-rounder for his effort against the Shikhar Dhawan-led team.
“Andre Russell has kept the dead KKR alive in the 16th season. Their campaign would have been over had they lost to Punjab, but the West Indies star played the match-winning knock to give two points to his team,” said Kaif.