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KKR sign Matt Kelly as Nortje’s replacement


Kolkata Knight Riders have purchased the services of Australian fast bowler Matt Kelly as a replacement for the injured Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje for the rest of the 12th edition of the IPL.

KKR sign Matt Kelly as Nortje's replacement
Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly is a right-arm pacer who has played 16 First-Class matches, five List A games, and 12 T20s in his career but hasn’t had any prior experience in the Indian Premier League. The 24-year-old pacer will be looking forward to making an IPL debut when his chance comes. He has represented Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and has a decent amount of experience in his kitty.

Nortje, the 25-year-old was also waiting to make his IPL debut but unfortunately, he was forced to pull out after encountering a shoulder injury prior to the tourney.

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KKR and its injury woes

But this wasn’t the only injury woe KKR has as India’s U-19 World Cup-winning pace duo- Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti were also forced to pull out of IPL 2019 after sustaining pre-season injuries. The duo was replaced by KC Cariappa and Sandeep Warrier.

KKR’s injury setback climbed up a bit when Andre Russell picked up a severe blow to his hand while batting in team’s previous fixture, against Chennai Super Kings, on Tuesday (April 9). Despite taking the blow to his hand, Russell still continued to bat throughout the game by chipping in with a half-century.

However, they lost to KKR by 7 wickets and now they will lock horns with Delhi Capitals in the next match at the Eden Gardens on April 12 (Friday).

KKR are placed second in the points table with four wins and 2 defeats in six games so far, while Capitals are placed sixth in the table, with three wins and 3 losses.

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