During the match against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh were the architects of a clinical win for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who had lost their five previous fixtures in IPL 2022. The two men added an unbroken 66-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 6.2 overs. While Rana remained unbeaten on 48, Rinku was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ for his 23-ball 42 not out.

Opting to bowl first, KKR got an immediate boost when Umesh Yadav dismissed Devdutt Padikkal in the third over of the innings. Jos Buttler, the leading run-scorer in IPL 2022, could not find any kind of rhythm and departed after a slow 22.

RR captain Sanju Samson (54) then led from the front, scoring a half-century against the disciplined KKR bowling attack while Shimron Hetmyer (27 not out off 13) played a cameo to take their side to 152-5.

Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 152-5 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 54, Shimron Hetmyer 27; Tim Southee 2/46) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 158-3 in 19.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 34, Nitish Rana 48*, Rinku Singh 42*) by 7 wickets.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Lauding the lions!! Superb innings by @rinkusingh235 and @NitishRana_27 💪 finished it off in great style! Congratulations @KKRiders on such a great victory. #KKRvsRR #IPL2022

— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) May 2, 2022

Great win @KKRiders @NitishRana_27 @rinkusingh235 👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/1O0kYBuoBS

— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) May 2, 2022

Delighted to watch @rinkusingh235 inning today. Wonderful young batsman from UP, player to watch out for in the future @BCCI @UPCACricket

— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 2, 2022

Rinku singh well done youngster 👏. Played Some beautiful shots during this innings.

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 2, 2022

Rinku Singh in #IPL2022: 35(28), 23(16) & 42*(23) – he is just 24 years old and has been a game changer with bat for KKR.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 2, 2022

RINKU 😍#KKRHaiTaiyaar #KKRvRR #IPL2022

— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 2, 2022

A well deserved Player of the Match award for Rinku Singh for his brilliant knock of 42* as #KKR win by 7 wickets.#TATAIPL #KKRvRR pic.twitter.com/TFTEb3QHnh

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2022

And now @irbishi reveling in Rinku Singh’s success with as much joy and pride as his father would. And that’s another reason he is so likeable as a commentator. And it’s such a genuine happiness in his voice. #KKRvRR

— TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) May 2, 2022

Really like Rinku Singh. Excellent in the field and showing a calm head in the chase.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 2, 2022

So so happy for Rinku Singh. Deserves every bit of it! Was in smashing form for Uttar Pradesh and continuing it for KKR#IPL2022

— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) May 2, 2022

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