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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) breach Rajasthan Royals’ fortress at Jaipur with a thumping seven-wicket win on Wednesday night. Nitish Rana was used as yet another gamble by his skipper Dinesh Karthik. But the highly-impressive Rana picked up the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and D’Arcy Short.
Rajasthan’s batters crawled their way towards a par score on a somewhat tricky surface where their stars could not quite dominate in general.
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The southpaw came back to score the finishing runs, in partnership with senior campaigner Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik, who were exceptional with the bat.
Rana, after scoring glamourous 59 against Delhi Daredevils, bagged his second consecutive Man of the Match award.
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Meanwhile, Royals’ finally gave in to their nine-game winning streak at Jaipur, carrying over from the edition of 2012-13.
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KKR also rush upwards in the points table of IPL 2018 while occupying the top spot with six points after featuring in five games; winning three and losing two.
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“I know that my job is to defend runs and that’s what I was striving for. I bowl regularly in domestic cricket. Backed myself, and I’m lucky to be MoM in both these last two games,” Rana stated while bagging his memento and cheque.
“Big platform this, we don’t get loose balls regularly. It’s there at the back of my mind (to play for India), but right now my focus is to do my best,” replied Nitish Rana when asked about whether the national selection is the next aim for the fabulous talent from Delhi.