Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders recorded their 100th IPL victory after defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs in the opening encounter of the 14th Indian Premier League. It is one of the most celebrated days in the history of Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shahrukh Khan tweeted after KKR won the match against SRH, "Good to have our 100th IPL match win. Well done boys. @KKRiders @prasidh43 @DineshKarthik @NitishRana_27#Rahul @Russell12A @harbhajan_singh ( good to see u even if briefly )@Sah75official @patcummins30 actually all were so good to watch".
"I am delighted for Nitish, a match-winning innings today. The thing that impressed me the most about his innings is the method which he used. He played aggressively and always took up positive options which did set up our batting innings," Eoin Morgan.
Nitish Rana was the star of the show with the bat for the boys in Purple and Gold as he smashed 80 off 56 balls to help the team post a formidable total of 187 runs in the first innings, thus earning him special praises from skipper Eoin Morgan.
"His game is in really good touch, and we witnessed that today on a wicket that was probably not as good as he made it look to bat on," he added.
Defending a total can never be easy in this format of the game; however, the Knights were bolstered by Harbhajan Singh's inclusion in this high voltage clash. Even though he bowled just one over, the off-spinner used his experience to mentor the bowling unit all through this thrilling encounter.
"He was given the first over after a lot of analysis. Unfortunately, the catch (of David Warner) was dropped. The role that he played from there on, obviously using his experience and speaking to other players when needed was outstanding. Since he's arrived in the camp, he has been at more energy than anybody I have seen in the squad. It's fantastic that he is doing that, and he is bowling beautifully, so hopefully, that continues," he concluded.