Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening fixture at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. SRH captain David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl first on a spin-friendly surface.
Rana and Rahul Tripathi continued to dominate the proceedings as they stitched together a 93-run stand for the second wicket. Tripathi scored a well-composed half-century but was dismissed by T Natarajan in 16th over.
Tripathi chipped in with 53 off 29 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 182.76. On the other hand, Nitish Rana already scored a half-century was en route to scoring a big knock.
Spider cam rescues Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana was gifted a stroke of luck during the 17th over when a spider cam saved him from getting dismissed. During the fourth ball of the over bowled by Rashid Khan, Rana who was batting on 75 lofted the ball high in the air.
Apparently, it looked like it will clearly get into the hands of the fielder. But spider cam arrived at the right time and saved the KKR opening batsman. The ball was supposed to travel towards the fielder in the deep.
But that didn’t happen because of spider cam. Rashid Khan was visibly upset as spider cam denied him a wicket. However, Nitish Rana didn’t make most of the luck as he added just 1 more run to his tally.
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Rana top-scored with 80 off 56 balls with the help of 9 boundaries and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 142.86. In the end, KKR’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik added value in the fag end of the overs.
The former KKR captain scored a quickfire 22 off 9 balls including 2 fours and a six. He maintained a strike rate of 244.44. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece.
Pacers namely T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar settled for 1 wicket each. The two-time Indian Premier League champions posted a massive total of 187/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
KKR beat SRH by 10 runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad tried their maximum best to chase down the target but fell short of 10 runs. SRH lost their captain David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha in the second and third over of the game.
Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow provided a ray of hope with a 92-run partnership. But their hopes shattered after the fall of Bairstow’s wicket. Bairstow scored 55 off 40 (5 fours, 3 sixes). On the other hand, Manish Pandey remained not out on 61 off 44 balls (2 fours, 3 sixes).