Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have made a solid entry in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Winning their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), they again went victorious on Wednesday against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but this time at home.
The only thing common in both the matches other than winning is, Nitish Rana, the star performer of KKR who played some stunning strokes and went on to score 50+ runs in both the games.
Rana was called on the pitch after the early departure of Chris Lynn on 10 runs. But once he arrived, he made sure that he sticks around for long and eventually played a crucial knock of 63 to help his team reach a mammoth total of 218 in their share of 20 overs.
His thrilling 68 against SRH and now another 63 against KXIP takes him to the top of the leading scorers in the league, earning the 'Orange Cap' with 131 runs in the bag.View this post on Instagram
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The Mumbai lad looked in prime form even in the Domestic Cup and has made sure that he continues his form in the IPL also.
Talking of KKR, having their middle order stabled by classic batsmen like Rana and Robbin Uthappa, and later having a power-hitter like Andre Russell in the team, makes them the favourites of the IPL in the early stages.