Nitish Rana's mature knock helps KKR beat DC, stay alive in playoffs race

·1 min read
Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates win during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL
Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates win during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL

Nitish Rana's 36 off 27 when wickets kept tumbling around him helped Kolkata Knight Riders pull off a tricky chase against Delhi Capitals. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Steve Smith of Delhi Capitals bats during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL
Steve Smith of Delhi Capitals bats during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL

DC were asked to bat first and Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith gave them a decent start scoring 24 and 39 respectively. Image; Sportzpics for IPL

Rishabh Pant Captain of Delhi Capitals plays a shot during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL
Rishabh Pant Captain of Delhi Capitals plays a shot during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL

Once Smith got out, wickets kept falling from one end. The slowness of the track also didn't help as Rishabh Pant laboured to a 39 off 36 to help DC post 127/9. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Lockie Ferguson of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates after takes a wikcet of Steve Smith of Delhi Capitals during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL
Lockie Ferguson of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates after takes a wikcet of Steve Smith of Delhi Capitals during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL

Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine and Venkatesh Iyer took two wickets each as KKR bowlers had a good day in the office. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL
Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Rahul Gulati / Sportzpics for IPL

Shubman Gill scored 30 off 33 and gave KKR a good start but with his dismissal, Kolkata were put in a spot of bother as wickets kept falling from one end while Nitish Rana held onto the other. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Avesh Khan of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of Dinesh Karthik of Kolkata Knight Riders during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL
Avesh Khan of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of Dinesh Karthik of Kolkata Knight Riders during match 41 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS and the DELHI CAPITALS held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for IPL

Avesh Khan was the pick of the bowlers for DC with figures of 3/13 from three overs as bowlers kept striking at regular intervals. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

Also See: IPL 2021: KKR pull off tricky chase against DC to keep their playoff hopes alive

IPL 2021: All the changes teams have done before restart of season

IPL 2021: Updated squads of all eight teams for second half of season

Read more on First Cricket by Firstpost.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting