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Friday, 21 April 2017 16:06

Nitish Rana, the man who has taken IPL 2017 by storm, now holds Orange Cap

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Apr 21: Nitish Rana's formidable rise in cricket continued as he hammered an unbeaten 62 off 34 balls to help the Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in Indore.

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This knock also helped him regain the 'Orange Cap' as the Delhi boy overtook David Warner (239 runs), finishing the game with 255 runs from six matches.

Rana, who hit his fourth Indian Premier League fifty and third of this season on Thursday, came in at No.3 after the fall of Parthiv Patel's wicket, with the score on 81/1 from 5.5 overs as Mumbai looked to chase down 199 to win their fifth match in a row.

The 23-year-old, who has been in the form of his life, looked in sublime touch right from the word go and carried on the momentum right from where Parthiv left off as he attacked the Punjab bowlers along with Jos Buttler and showed some finesse in whatever he was doing.

The stylish left-hander brought up his fifty off just 29 balls and went onto finish the match in some style by hitting a maximum over backward square leg.

Rana hit seven sixes in his 34-ball 62*.

Rana had scored 807 runs from 29 T20 matches at an average of 32.36 with a career best of 97 runs but he wasn't in good form coming into the IPL.

However, Mumbai kept their faith on him and he has been delivering each time for Mumbai as they continued their unbeaten run to go on top of the table.

 

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