Nitish Rana’s and Rinku Singh’s quick fire unbeaten knocks of 48 and 42 steered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their IPL match at Wankhede Stadium on Monday (2 May).
Chasing a tricky 153-run target, KKR openers did not get the best of starts as Rajasthan’s right-arm pacer Kuldeep Sen rattled Aaron Finch’s stumps off the third ball of his over. Prasidh Krishna dismissed opener Baba Indrajith after he had scored 15 runs in 16 balls leaving KKR’s total at 32/2.
Nitish Rana along with skipper Shreyas lyer batted sensibly to take the team’s score beyond the 50-run mark in the 9th over. The duo stitched up a much-needed partnership to give their side a solid platform. KKR skipper was dismissed by Trent Boult in the 13th over of the innings after he had scored 34 runs.
Rinku Singh later joined hands with set batter Nitish Rana to hammer RR bowlers all around the ground. With 31 runs needed in 18 balls both batters batted brilliantly and stuck a much-needed 34 run partnership till the 17th over.
They chased down the target in 19.1 overs as Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh remained unbeaten on 48 and 42 respectively to record a fabulous seven-wicket win.
RR: 152/5 (Sanju Samson 54, Shimron Hetmyer 27* Tim Southee 2/46)
KKR: 158/3 (Nitish Rana 48*, Rinku Singh 42*; Trent Boult 2/1)