The 3rd match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) featured Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) taking on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The match started with SRH captain David Warner winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
SRH included Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi, apart from Warner as the four overseas players in their playing XI. KKR, on the other hand, had Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan, and captain Eoin Morgan as the four overseas players. Also, Harbhajan Singh made his debut for KKR, his third franchise in the IPL after Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, and interestingly, all have multiple title wins to their names.
As s surprise, Nitish Rana opened the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders along with Shubman Gill, despite the presence of Rahul Tripathi in the playing XI. However, the move paid rich dividends as Rana took on the SRH bowlers and carted them to all places in the Chepauk stadium.
Sandeep Sharma Gets Hit For Three Consecutive Fours By Nitish Rana
However, the worst of the smashing was reserved for Sandeep Sharma, who came to bowl the fourth over of the innings. Rana had already started the match by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a boundary on the very first ball and then had hit Sandeep for two fours in the second over.
However, when Sandeep returned for the fourth over, Rana welcomed him with three eye-pleasing fours. The first shot was hit over extra cover, as Sandeep bowled it outside off stump and Rana carted the knuckleball for a four.
The second shot saw Rana coming down the wicket to Sandeep, who pulled the length back. Rana changed his shot in an instant, freeing his arms and flaying it between point and cover, this time along the ground.
The third four to complete the hat-trick saw Rana bringing in some innovation into his batting. The ball was on a length and outside off stump. This time Rana moved towards the offside and scooped or shovelled the ball over square leg for a boundary, leaving Sandeep and captain Warner flabbergasted and looking for answers.
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