SRH vs KKR: The two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders are taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 47th game of the 2023 Indian Premier League. The game is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. Nitish Rana won the toss and decided to bat first. KKR had a poor start and lost Rahnanullah Gurbaz and Venkatesh Iyer in the second over of the inning. In-form Jason Roy also scored only 20 off 19 balls.

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KKR were at 35/3 in 4.4 overs when Nitish and Rinku Singh added 61 runs for the fourth wicket. The KKR skipper was the fourth wicket to fall. He played a vital knock of 42 off 31 balls, including three fours and three sixes. Andre Russell looked good for a while and smashed two sixes. But he also got out after scoring 24 off 15.

SRH vs KKR: Skipper Nitish Rana became only the fourth KKR batter to achieve a massive milestone

SRH vs KKR: Skipper Nitish Rana Joins an Elite List; Becomes Fourth KKR Batter to Achieve This Special Landmark
SRH vs KKR: Skipper Nitish Rana Joins an Elite List; Becomes Fourth KKR Batter to Achieve This Special Landmark

Rinku played yet another crucial knock for his team and made 46 off 35 with four boundaries and one six. He got out in the final over. Kolkata scored a decent score of 171/9 in the first inning. Meanwhile, with his 42-run knock, Nitish Rana achieved a special landmark. He became only the fourth player for the two-time champion to complete 2000 runs in the IPL. The southpaw has played 80 innings for KKR in his IPL career.

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He has scored 2019 runs at an average of 27.65 and a strike rate of 137.34. Nitish has also scored 12 half-centuries, with a best of 87. Former skipper Gautam Gambhir is the top scorer with 3035 runs, including 30 half-centuries. Gambhir also led KKR to 2012 and 2014 IPL wins. Robin Uthappa (2439) and Andre Russell (2143) are the other two players to complete 2000 or more runs for Kolkata.

The 16th edition hasn’t been great for Kolkata. They are placed in the second half of the table. Prior to this game, KKR had lost six out of nine games and had six points with a NRR of -0147. Kolkata is struggling with the form of its star players. Russell and Sunil Narine have yet to fire in this competition. The franchise needs to find a way before it gets too late, as they can’t afford more defeats in the IPL 2023.

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