Mumbai: Getting his form back in the tournament Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana who opened the inning for his side smashed 81 runs and dedicated his half-century to his late father-in-law Surinder who passed away yesterday.
Opening the innings Rana scored his 10th century of the tournament off 35 balls. After reaching the 50-run mark, Rana flaunted the KKR jersey with his late father-in-law’s name ‘Surinder’ written on it.
The official Twitter handle of the Indian Premier League wrote, “Sent in to open the innings, @NitishRana_27 responds with a fine 50 and dedicates it to his father in law, who passed away yesterday.”
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 24, 2020
Sent in to bat first, KKR got off to a bad start as the side lost its opening batsman Shubman Gill (9) in the second over of the innings. He was sent back to the pavilion by Anrich Nortje as the pacer had him caught at the hands of Axar Patel.
Sunil Narine scored 61 runs and guided the side to 194/6 in their 20 overs.
Meanwhile, chasing the target Delhi Capitals lost their top-order batsman at an early stage, following which the pressure was built on the middle order and couldn’t score runs for their side which resulted in 59 runs defeat to DC.
For KKR Varun Chakravarthy then brought up his five-wicket haul and provided just 20 runs.
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 194/6 (Nitish Rana 81, Sunil Narine 64, Anrich Nortje 2-27) defeat Delhi Capitals 135/9 (Shreyas Iyer 47, Rishabh Pant 27, Varun Chakravarthy 5-20).