KXIP vs KKR: Injured Andre Russell exits field, again

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell was injured at the boundary rope while attempting to stop a four against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Andre Russell is treated by the KKR physio on the sidelines.   -  IPL sportzpics

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell hurt himself while attempting to save a boundary against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

During the second over of the KXIP chase, bowled by Prasidh Krishna, skipper K. L. Rahul had skied a delivery straight past the bowler. Russell, fielding at mid-off, did the hard work by covering the yards and getting to the ball.

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However, the West Indies star couldn't hold on to it, and in his attempt to stop the ball before it reached the boundary rope, Russell got injured after crashing into the advertisement board.

He was eventually taken off and replaced by Australian Chris Green on the field. He was seen applying ice to his knee after the KKR physio helped him to his feet.

In the eleventh over, Russell returned to the field, and was eligible to bowl straightaway as he hadn't carried the injury into the game.

But moments later, he exited the field again due to some discomfort while fielding. Russell has been crucial with the ball for KKR in the death overs, and if he's unable to bowl in the game, it'll be huge blow for the team.

Batting first, Kolkata had set Punjab a target of 165, thanks mainly to half-centuries from captain Dinesh Karthik and opener Shubman Gill.

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