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IPL 2017: MI vs SRH - Star of the Match - Nitish Rana

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 13, 2017, 12:19 AM IST
IPL 2017: MI vs SRH - Star of the Match - Nitish Rana

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad have a good bowling attack and chasing a below par target of 159 for victory could have been tricky for the Mumbai Indians, despite the fact that they were playing at home.

Chasing becomes easier on floodlit evenings at the Wankhede stedium due to the presence of dew on the surface but the Mumbai Indians were dealt an early blow as they lost inform opener Jos Buttler and captain Rohit Sharma.

The Blue Brigade needed a partnership in the middle and it came from the duo of Parthiv Patel (39) and Nitish Rana (45). The left-handed duo put on 38 runs for the third wicket to put the chase back on track.

Parthiv and Pollard departed in quick succession but Rana kept his cool and played the sheet anchor's role even as Krun Pandya cut loose at the other end.

Nitish Rana was eventually bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with just 4 runs needed for victory. Rana's 36-ball knock of 45 was studded with three boundaries and two sixes.

Had it not been for the youngster's patience, Mumbai could well have seen a middle-order collapse, just like the Sunrisers did.

First Published: April 13, 2017, 12:19 AM IST

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