Rana’s 50, Rus­sell hero­ics take KKR to 200/9 against Delhi

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KOLKATA: Ni­tish Rana cracked a fine half cen­tury while An­dre Rus­sell blasted a 12-ball 44 to pro­pel Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to 200/9 in 20 overs against Delhi Dare­dev­ils in an In­dian Premier League (IPL) clash at Eden Gar­dens here on Mon­day.

Rana (59) played a gem of an in­nings, select­ing his shots with aplomb, as he hit five fours and four sixes to set up KKR’S on­slaught and al­low Rus­sell, who was dropped on 7 by Ja­son Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go. Rana took 35 balls for his 59.

Rus­sell hit six sixes in a three-over pe­riod where the hosts blud­geoned 54 runs be­fore leg-spin­ner Rahul Te­wa­tia (3/18) put a lid on the pro­ceed­ings by tak­ing three wick­ets in the last overs and con­ced­ing just one run.

Rana and Rus­sell stitched to­gether a 61-run part­ner­ship in just 22 balls for the fifth wicket. Trent Boult started off with a maiden to give Delhi a good start. Lynn failed to get the New Zealand pacer away and took eight balls to open his ac­count by hit­ting a six over mid­wicket off Chris Mor­ris, who was re­turn­ing to the team in place of Daniel Chris­tian.

Boult re­moved Su­nil Narine in his next over with the West In­dian — sent back to open the bat­ting — show­ing his in­abil­ity to deal with a bouncer by tope­dg­ing a short ball to Rishabh Pant who lobbed the ball only as far as Glenn Maxwell to com­plete the catch run­ning to­wards first slip. Uthappa and Lynn then joined hands for a 55-run stand for the sec­ond wicket be­fore the for­mer per­ished just af­ter the Pow­er­play. KKR were 50/1 when Uthappa skied a good length Shah­baz Nadeem de­liv­ery try­ing to slog sweep. Nadeem took the catch with­out fuss, bring­ing cap­tain Karthik to the crease.

Lynn, who was look­ing good for a big score, holed out to Roy at long on off Mo­hammed Shami who gave the Aus- tralian no room to free his arms.

Karthik and Rana added an­other 28 runs for the fourth wicket be­fore the skip­per’s in­dis­cre­tion cost him dear.

Af­ter dis­patch­ing two full length Mor­ris de­liv­er­ies to the mid­wicket bound­ary, Karthik at­tempted a third one in the same re­gion not recog­nis­ing that Gamb­hir had moved Boult from square leg as the Kiwi pouched an easy catch to si­lence the home crowd.

The vis­i­tors’ joy, though, was short-lived as Rus­sell and Rana took their ri­val’s bowlers to the clean­ers in the next few overs. Rus­sell got out to Boult who cas­tled him while Rana was re­moved by Mor­ris.

In the fi­nal over, lit­tle­known Te­wa­tia ac­counted for Shub­man Gill (6), Tom Cur­ran (2) and Piyush Chawla (0). BRIEF SCORES: Kolkata Knight Riders 200/9 (Ni­tish Rana 59, An­dre Rus­sell 41; Rahul Te­wa­tia 3/18) vs Delhi Dare­dev­ils.

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