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IPL 2018: KKR rode on Nitish Rana’s shoulders to victory

On Monday night, Kolkata Knight Riders won the match against Delhi Daredevils by a comfortable margin of 71 runs. Nitesh Rana led the team to a challenging total of 200/9 with his 35-ball 59 with five fours and four sixes. He was supported by Andre Russell, who also smashed a 12-ball 41.

Delhi Daredevils didn’t even come close to a win and delivered one of their worst performances this season, losing all their wickets by the 14.2 over with a score of just 129 runs.

KKR started off bumpy with both their openers having bad days. Chris Lynn, known for his spectacular performance last IPL season, only managed 31 runs off 29 balls. Sunil Narine did even worse and was out for 1 run.

Uthappa then entered and raised the run rate significantly with a 19-ball 35. After his wicket, Rana came in to maintain the good streak.

“I had said that the last time as well — when there is pressure, I seem to do better. I was happy that there was pressure, I enjoy playing under pressure” Rana told reporters after the game.

“It was an important game for us since we had lost the last two in a row,” said Rana. KKR had won their opening match against RCB with Rana’s aid once again. He didn’t feel he deserved all the credit for the victories and chalked it down as a team effort.

“Everyone has made a contribution in today’s game. Take, for example, Kuldeep‘s two wickets – Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell. We thought at that point in time, those wickets were very important”, he said.

“I don’t think I had such a huge role, everyone’s been assigned a certain responsibility, I just had to fulfill my part, so did the others.”

The 24-year old cricketer’s plan was to stay until the end of their innings but was unfortunately caught out by Gautam Gambhir – bowled by Chris Morris.

“The plan was to keep going till the very end. I was seeing the ball even in the first game, I knew I was batting well, even in the third match, unfortunately, I got out in that early.”

“I kept it in my mind that I am in good touch, I should hold one end and finish the job.” I always knew if the spinners come in, it’s very easy for my game. I was waiting for them, both of who turn the ball into me. Our plan was always to go until the end” he said.

He concluded with his take on Russell, the other star of the game on Monday.

“Our styles and roles are different. Our game plan is pretty much so that I take care of one end, and if there is Russell or the other big-hitting guys that we have, they will go for their shots.”

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