Nitish Rana played a sublime knock of a 53-ball 81, as Kolkata Knight Riders registered their sixth win of the 2020 Indian Premier League. KKR stay at the fourth spot, as they edge closer to a possible playoffs berth. However, they need to win at least two more matches.
Former champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode to a massive 59-run win over Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. It was Nitisha Rana's match-winning knock of 81 that helped KKR post a challenging total.
Meanwhile, Rana's 53-ball knock of 81 was special to him personally, as following his half-century, he dedicated it to his late father-in-law, who passed away yesterday. He celebrated the innings by displaying a specialised KKR jersey for the late father, with his name Surinder embedded on the back.
Below is the video of the same, tweeted by IPL:
Winning the toss, DC skipper Shreyas Iyer elected to bowl first, as the decision backfired. Although KKR were off to a shaky start, it was Rana (81) and Sunil Narine (64), who exalted knocks allowed KKR to post a defining total of 194/6. In reply, DC succumbed to the pressure, while Varun Chakravarthy's 5/20 completely derailed their intent for the chase, thus losing by 59 runs.
As for the match, it was an important win for KKR, as they stayed at the fourth spot of the table, while the win has allowed them to take a four-point lead from the fifth and sixth-placed teams for now. The win came on a special day for KKR, as Kolkata is celebrating Durga Ashtami.
While KKR edge closer to the playoffs, they need to maintain consistency by winning at least two of the remaining three matches. KKR can also finish atop the table, provided the teams above them lose their remaining matches.
KKR take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Monday in Sharjah. KXIP were off to a terrible start, but have picked up the pace of late. A lot would depend on KXIP's ongoing performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai on Saturday evening.
Last Updated 24, Oct 2020, 8:27 PM