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Kolkata, April 28: Promoted to No. 3 for the first time this season, Andre Russell bludgeoned a typically whirlwind 80 * while Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill also slammed half-centuries to help Kolkata Knight Riders post an imposing 232/2 — the highest total in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) — against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Needing a victory to even dream of a berth in the playoffs, KKR were off to a flying start riding on Lynn (54; 29 balls, 4×8, 6×2) and Gill’s (76; 45 balls, 4×6, 6×4) 96-run opening stand which came off just 57 deliveries. Gill’s chanceless knock was also his highest T20 score.

After Lynn’s dismissal in the 10th over, Russell made the most of a reprieve – he was dropped on one by Evin Lewis – to remain unbeaten and blast his highest score this season off just 40 balls with the help of 6 fours and 8 sixes.

Russell shared a 62 runs stand for the 2nd wicket with Gill off 35 balls and then combined with skipper Dinesh Karthik(15 not out) for an unbroken 74 runs partnership which came off just 29th deliveries.

In the last three overs, Russell made mincemeat of Mumbai’s famed bowlers Hardik Pandya, Jasrpit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, taking 20 , 15 and 20 runs off them, respectively , as the host plundered 55 run in that period .

Barinder Sran – playing his first game of the season in place of Anukul Roy – was taken for 14 run in the first over of the innings with Gill carting him for 2 fours and a six.

Lynn – who was dropped on 18 by Keiron Pollard – took time to get in, scoring two runs off the first seven balls before switching gears. The Australian hit a boundary in every over after that before notching up his fourth fifty of the season in 28 balls.

Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar finally broke the partnership as Lynn holed out to Evin Lewis running in from deep mid-wicket in the 10 th over as the KKR scoreboard read 97 / 1 at the halfway stage.

In came Russell, and for a while the Caribbean powerhouse played 2nd fiddle to Gill, who was in full flow as he brought up his 2nd fifty of the season off 32 balls.

Russell smashed his first six in the 13 th ball of his innings, hitting Chahar for two back-to-back maximums in the 14 th over.

Gill was removed by Hardik in the 16 th over, with Lewis taking his catch at deep mid-wicket.

The damage was half done by then and with Russell soon breaking free, the Mumbai bowlers were to the cleaners as the hosts went on to pile up a mammoth total.

Brief scores with IPL 2019 highest total

Kolkata Knight Riders: 232 / 2 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 80 not out, Shubman Gill 76, Chris Lynn 54 ; Hardik Pandya 1/31) vs Mumbai Indians

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