Opener for the capitals of Delhi Prithvi Shaw gave his side a black start on Thursday as he hit Shivam Mavi at Kolkata Knight Riders for 6 consecutive fours at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In the first over-worship of 22-year-old Mavi, Shaw belted six deliveries to the limit rope, becoming the only player after Adjinkya Rahane to Hit 6 Fours in IPL over. India’s test captain Rahane had previously hit 6 favors against Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2012. Mavi started wide, but eventually gave up fours in the next six legitimate deliveries. Luke Wright had also hit six straight fours in 2013, but that was in two shots.
The show also became the first batsman to score 24 runs in the first over IPL game. Naman Ojha (21) and Sunil Narine (21) previously held the record for hitting most tracks in the opening part.
Earlier, the native Andre Russell was in a sublime touch with the bat as he directed the Knights to 154/6. Russell’s late attack, which included two fours and four highs, helped KKR recover from a midfield collapse. Celebrating his 33rd birthday, Russell broke a six from Avesh Khan in the last delivery of the inning, as the Calcutta team reached 42 tracks from the last three overs.
Russell’s first 16 runs came out of 18 deliveries before he put his foot on the accelerator to hit 29 of the next nine balls. He finished with 45 of 27 deliveries and in the process completed 6,000 tracks in T20 format of the game. The Caribbean giant is already the sixth West Indian player to score 6,000 or more tracks in the T20.
Russell hit 11 runs from the 18th over bowling by Avesh, 18 runs in the 19th, bowled by Kagiso Rabada, and on the 13th to the 20th he was bowled again by Avesh.