IPL 2019: Andre Russell has been a big player for Kolkata Knight Riders thus far this season and hence reports of the West Indian picking up an injury in the nets ahead of RCB tie got fans sad. But now that it is confirmed that Russell is playing, Twitter is reacting. Russell already has 332 runs in eight matches at an average of 78. But what makes his contribution stand out is his strike rate which is 213.69 with a highest of 62. In fact the last times the two teams met, Russell smashed a surreal 13-ball 48* to take KKR over the line. He has been the player of the tournament for KKR thus far and for him to miss a match would be like a killer blow for the eastern franchise as the league reaches its end stages.

Here are the tweets:

Meanwhile, KKR has won the toss and opts to bowl first. Karthik would like defending as KKR has lost the last two games batting first. Meanwhile, AB de Villiers is not playing and Dale Steyn is in the playing XI.

Teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney