Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana scored a quick half-century against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. He dedicated it to his father-in-law Surinder Marwah who died on Friday.
Nitish, who was promoted up the order to open the innings with Shubman Gill, smashed Anrich Nortje for a boundary on the last ball of 13th over to complete his 10th IPL fifty off just 35 deliveries. Soon after reaching his fifty, Rana raised a specially designed KKR t-shirt, with his father-in-law’s name inscribed on the back.
Rana’s heart-warming gesture was applauded by KKR all-rounder Andre Russell and his wife Jassym Lora, who was cheering for the Knight Riders from the stands.
Nitish and Sunil Narine combined to add a 115-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 56 balls, riding on which KKR posted a huge total of 194/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
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Later in the match, Varun Chakravarthy (5/20) and Pat Cummins (3/17) gave the Delhi batsmen a torrid time and restricted them to 135/9 in 20 overs. Cummins gave KKR a perfect start. He dismissed both the openers Ajinkya Rahane (0) and in-form Shikhar Dhawan (6) in his first two overs. Then Chakravarthy played the finisher’s act in the back-end of the innings to choke the DC run chase.