April 9, 2018
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I had nothing to lose, says Nitish Rana after dismissing AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli

By Shalini Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner, Nitish Rana stole the limelight on the Super-Sunday clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore with his successive wickets of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League.

His two scalps in 15th over on Sunday played a pivotal role for KKR as they managed to restrict the RCB on 177 after claiming the crucial wickets of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.

While chasing, Sunil Narine with his blitz of 19-ball 50 accompanied by captain Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 35 ensured KKR to seal the match comfortably by four wickets with seven balls remaining.

Rana came to bowl in the 15th over at a moment when ABD was in full tilt and with Kohli on the other end.

The Proteas batsman hit a six off the first ball of the over before he gave Rana his wicket.

“I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain. I saw the ball was gripping well if I bowled in right areas I might get wickets,” Rana told TOI in an interview.

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I bowl for Delhi at domestic level. I bowled well in the practice matches and Dinesh Bhai told me that he could ask me to bowl one or two overs in any match,” he added.

Further talking about his lesser-known bowling skills, Rana said, “Luckily got a chance and proved myself”

 Rana also scored 34 runs in 25 balls at No.4 to help Kolkata win at Eden Gardens.

My job is to score runs. I don’t see it as a pressure of any sort,” he said.

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