In the KKR VS SRH game of IPL 2021, Nitish Rana & Rahul Tripathi aided KKR to register a 10-run win over SRH. Rana’s 80 off 56 deliveries inning propelled KKR to put up a challenging total of 187 runs on the board. Chasing the total, SRH lost wickets at the worst of times and eventually, lost the game by 10-runs.

KKR VS SRH: KKR Inning Highlight

David Warner won the toss and put KKR to bat first. KKR opener Nitish Rana let his intentions known the very first ball of the game as he hit SRH star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a boundary. In the following over Sandeep Sharma missed his length and line which gave Rana another opportunity to open his arms and hit a couple of more boundaries. By the end of the first powerplay, KKR had put up 50 runs on the board without the loss of a wicket.

Seeing things going downhill, SRH put Rashid Khan on bowling front and Shubman Gill, who hadn’t shown any problems as of then, failed to read the ball and was bowled out. Thanks to Khan, the first partnership between Gill and Rana ended. After Gill’s wicket, Rahul Tripathi came to the middle and showed no sign of rustiness. The batsman took Nabi, Kumar and other bowlers to task and hit some gorgeous shots along the ground. Although Rashid Khan tried keeping things tied up on his end, other bowlers kept leaking runs and Tripathi and Rana continued the onslaught.

Soon Tripathi got to his half-century in style in the 10th over by hitting a massive six. While Rana was all power and aggression, Tripathi was all position and precision. Together the duo kept their team on the track to reach the 200 mark. In the 15th over, the duo went after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and hit him for 3 boundaries and amassing 19 runs.

However, the show was put to a screeching halt when T Natarajan came back with his yorkers and soon trapped Tripathi. Tripathi scored a well-intentioned 53 runs, hitting 5 boundaries and 2 maximums. It was a domino effect after that as Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan and star hitter Nitish Rana were soon sent packing. From 145/1, KKR were reeling at 160/5 by the 18th over.

Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik came to the middle by the end and scored 22 runs in 9 deliveries, taking the KKR’s overall total to 187 runs in the end.

KKR VS SRH: SRH Inning Highlights

Chasing a somewhat challenging total of 188, SRH opened with Wriddhiman Saha and the ever-reliable David Warner. In the first over, Harbhajan Singh missed out on getting his first IPL wicket this year as Pat Cummins dropped a catch at point. In the very next over though, Prasidh Krishna scalped the wicket of Warner and didn’t let the dropped catch cost a lot. In the next over, Shakib al Hasan made Saha open his arms and was bowled him out in the attempt. With the opening pair gone, SRH were looking in trouble at 10/2

However, Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow came to the middle at their right time and steadied the SRH boat. Bairstow, who tormented the Indian bowlers in the recent Paytm series, continued on his rich form and hit Hasan and Russell all around the ground for fours and maximums. Soon, Pandey too joined the party and hit some scrumptious shots. The duo stitched together a 93-run partnership and took their team out of the danger. In the 13th over, Bairstow was caught off the ball of Cummins and later, Prasidh Krishna got the wicket of Nabi who replaced Bairstow.

Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey tried to take things under control, but their brief 19-run-stand was squashed by Russell in the 18th over. SRH needed 22-runs in the last over and the equation proved to be way too daunting. Although Pandey hit Russell for a maximum, he couldn’t help his team much as SRH lost to KKR with 10 runs more needed.

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