Last Update on: May 25th, 2018 at 09:08 pm
With just 20 overs to bat, every run saved is a run scored in the shortest format of the game.
And if it is something to go by, then Nitish Rana scored one even before Kolkata Knight Riders came out to bat in the ongoing second Qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata.
Not only that, Rana’s stunning effort near the boundary ropes helped Knight Riders sent back the dangerous Carlos Brathwaite cheaply.
The Windies all-rounder came out to bat when the Sunrisers were reeling at 124 for five after 17 overs. He made his intentions clear by hitting the third ball of his innings for a huge six. However, before he could inflict any further damage, a brilliant effort from Rana sent him back.
On the fifth ball of the 18th over, Brathwaite sliced a fuller delivery from Prasidh Krishna towards the short third man. The delivery was well wide of Rana who ran to his left from deep backward point. The ball was looking set to cross the boundary before Rana made a full-length dive to stop the ball and made a bullet of a throw.
In the meantime, the batsmen had set for the second run. However, before Brathwaite could safely get to the crease, Dinesh Karthik collected the ball and destroyed the stumps, Brathwaite made a desperate dive but was well short of it.
Here is a clip of that stunning run out:
Meanwhile, the Sunrisers have posted a challenging total of 174 for seven in the allotted 20 overs.
At one stage, it looked they would struggle to post even close to 150 but a ten-ball 34 runs knock from Rashid Khan changed the course of the game.