Shashank Singh took a brilliant catch at the boundary (Credit: Twitter)
Opting to bat first, Rahane got Kolkata off to a flying start despite the team losing Venkatesh Iyer in the second over. However, a hamstring injury took a toll on his game as the KKR opener struggled to move his feet freely.
In an attempt to go after the bowlers, Ajinkya Rahane holed out to an SRH fielder at the cover boundary. Umran Malik banged one short and it was there to be hit.
The 33-year-old batter slashed at it with brute force and with Umran’s pace on offer, everyone expected the ball to clear the ropes. However, Shashank Singh made good ground, running to his right before stretching to pull off a stunning catch.
Watch Shashank Singh’s catch below:
Rahane perished after a well-made 28 off 24 deliveries in a knock that included three sixes, with the hard-hitters to follow.
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Kolkata got off to a blazing start, posting 55 runs on the board at the end of the powerplay and losing only Venkatesh Iyer. The Hyderabad franchise soon unleashed Umran Malik and with the field restrictions over, the youngster went hard on the batters.
The pacer from Jammu and Kashmir dismissed Nitish Rana and Ajinkya Rahane in the same over to put SRH back in the game. From being 65/1, KKR were suddenly reduced to 72/3, which also put the brakes on their run flow.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh also perished cheaply to leave Kolkata at 94/5. The onus will now be on Sam Billings and Andre Russell to bat till the end and guide the team to a challenging total.