Watch: Andre Russell refuses to run Kyle Jamieson out despite batsman short of the crease
Royal Challengers Bangalore approached their third game with zest and confidence as they already won two games in a row. Batting first, table-toppers got off to a sluggish start against Kolkata Knight Riders as they lost their captain Virat Kohli for just 5 runs as Varun Chakravarthy laid out a perfect plan to dismiss him. After his departure, Chakravarthy dismissed Rajat Patidar for 1 run.
Just as when RCB were stuttering at 9 for the loss of 2 wickets, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell gave his team a ray of hope by smashing sixes and fours at will. The Australian found some help in the form of Devdutt Padikkal as the opener contributed 25 runs to his name, scoring 2 boundaries.
However, Prasidh Krishna got rid of the Karnataka batsman in the first ball of the 11th over as their 86-run stand came to an end. But Maxwell and AB de Villiers took the attack to the cleaners by scoring runs pretty quickly. The duo shared a 53-run stand before Maxwell departed for a staggering 78 off 49 balls including 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Andre Russell refuses to run Kyle Jamieson out
After Maxwell's departure, former Proteas batting great AB de Villiers went about his business and tormented KKR bowlers with relative ease. In the process, he went on to bring up his 27-ball-fifty. When AB de Villiers was batting on 56 off 28 balls with last over left in the innings, Eoin Morgan brought Andre Russell into the attack.
AB de Villiers smashed a four and a six in the first two balls and mounted pressure on the Caribbean. After that, the right-handed batsman scored 2 runs. Russell lost control of his bowling as he bowled a wide ball. The all-rounder was hit for a boundary in the next ball.
In the fifth ball of the last over, Russell bowled a terrific yorker to AB de Villiers as the latter couldn't score a run, in what turned out to be a dot ball. AB de Villiers hit the ball straight to Russell as the Caribbean grabbed it in one hand. There was a clear-cut opportunity for a run-out as Kyle Jamieson was backing up but Andre Russell refused to hit the stumps perhaps he was upset. AB de Villiers hit a boundary off the last ball and steered RCB to 204/4.