Nitish Rana plays a captain’s knock worth 75

Nitish Rana stepped up to the occasion and played a captain’s knock of 75 runs after Kolkata Knight Riders were reduced to 20/3 in a steep 229-run chase at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rinku Singh also cracked a half-century to help the side past the 200-run mark but the men in purple eventually fell 23 runs short, handing the visitors their second away win on the bounce.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on Brook’s pyrotechnics to post a formidable figure upon being asked to bat. Whether dew comes into play or not, the orange brigade will take this total happily. Brook had a poor run this far playing on pitches that weren’t batter friendly, but he saw a featherbed here, along with small boundaries and pounced on the opportunity.

”I’ve had a bit of trouble with spin, but I wanted to use the powerplay to my advantage. So middle overs wanted to rotate strike and let the other boys do the hitting. It is a belter of a pitch, we need to bowl our lengths rightly and take wickets,” Harry Brook reflected on his maiden IPL century.

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