New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Kolkata Knight Riders' Nitish Rana dedicated his fiery half-century in an Indian Premier League 2020 match against Delhi capitals to his later father-in-law, who passed away on yesterday. 

Rana was promoted up the order to open the innings with Shubman Gill. He slammed his half century off just 35 balls, and the, instead of lifting the bat, he raised a KKR t-shirt with the name of his father inscribed on his back. The video was shared by the official Twitter handle of the Indian Premier League: 

Asked to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders lost three wickets in the first eight overs. Rana then built a 115-run partnership with Sunil Narine to guide his team to 194 for 6 at the end of 20 overs. Chasing the total, Delhi Capitals lost their first wicket, Ajinkya Rahane, on the first ball of the second inning. KKR pacer Pat Cummins caught him right in front of the wicket and as a result, Rahane was given leg-before wicket.

Shikhar Dhawan also couldn't score big and was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for 6 runs in the third over. Later, skipper Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant stabled Delhi's innings and stitched a partnership of 63 runs for the third wicket, keeping Delhi in the hunt for chasing down this massive score. Wickets, however, tumbled for Delhi and they were reduced to just 135 at the end of 20 overs. With the win, Kolkata has bolstered its position in the race to the playoffs.

 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja