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IPL 2018: Nitish Rana doubtful for the game against CSK

Rana has been a vital cog in KKRs setup.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders in action. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Nitish Rana has been a vital cog of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has played some crucial knocks in the middle-order owing to which the Knights have been able to get to decent scores in many instances. However, he suffered a back spasm during Kolkata’s last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

To add to KKR’s agony, he might miss the next game against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Eden Gardens as per reports in The Deccan Chronicle. Recently, a team official updated about the status of Rana’s injury.”His lower back spasms. The medical team will take a call tomorrow morning,” the official was quoted as saying by the media.

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The potential jolt to the Knight Riders

Rana also didn’t attend the training session prior to their clash against MS Dhoni’s men. He suffered the injury during Kolkata’s run chase and went off the park after scoring 17 runs after which Andre Russell came to the field. Though chances of him taking part in tomorrow’s game look bleak, the Knights fraternity would be hoping for his speedy recovery.

KKR has already lost Mitchell Starc and Kamlesh Nagarkoti prior to the tournament, which have crippled them somewhat. Their bowling has looked a tad lacklustre and their batsmen have come to their rescue and bailed them out in quite a few instances. Rana has been useful for them and his selection would deplete their lineup to a significant extent.

The Knight Riders have blown hot and cold in the league, having won four of their eight games. They are currently hanging midway in the league table and need quite a few victories to cement their position in the playoffs. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to find his replacement in the eleven, provided he is ruled out of the match.

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