Knight Riders star Nitish Rana led Delhi to victory in the first match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The Shikhar Dhawan’s beat Mumbai by 7 runs in the first match of the national T20 tournament thanks to a stormy half-century by the KKR star.
Batting first in Wankhede, Delhi made 206 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs. Rana played a devastating innings of 74 off 36 balls. He hit 6 fours and 5 sixes. Besides, Himmat Singh scored 53, Hiten Dalal 24 and Shikhar Dhawan 23 runs. Lalit Yadav remained unbeaten on 21 runs.Shams Mulani took 2 wickets for Mumbai. Shivam Dubey scored 33 runs in 3 overs but did not get any wicket.
In reply, Mumbai were all out for 130 in 18.1 overs. Shivam, however, drew attention with the bat. He scored the highest 63 runs for the team. He hit 3 fours and 5 sixes in his 42-ball innings. Failed Suryakumar Yadav. He returned to the dressing room with 6 runs. Yashwal Jaswal could not open the book.After recovering from injury, Ishant Sharma took two wickets for 18 runs in 3.1 overs. Nitish Rana bowled 1 over and took 1 wicket for 12 runs.
Delhi T20 squad announced for Mustaq Ali: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ishant Sharma, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Kshitij Sharma, Jonty Sidhu, Hiten Dalal, Lalit Yadav, Shivank Basishtha, Manjyot Kalrake, Manjyot Kalwara ), Pradeep Sangwan, Simerjit Singh, Pawan Negi, Yus Badoni, Vaibhav Kandpal, Lakshya Thareja (wicketkeeper), Pawan Suyal and Karan Dagar.