Kolkata Knight Riders' Rohit Tripathi proved his worth at the top of the order with a 51-ball 81 against the Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League encounter on Wednesday.
Opening the innings for KKR in place of Sunil Narine, who batted at No. 4, Tripathi got his team off to a solid start. He reached his half-century by despatching a short delivery from Dwayne Bravo to point for four. And even as wickets fell at the other end, Tripathi was the fulcrum around whom the entire KKR innings revolved. KKR was bowled out for 167 but thanks to parsimonious spells from Andre Russell and Narine at the death, the Kolka side beat Chennai by 10 runs to move to the No. 3 spot in points table. Tripathi was awarded Player of the Match.
"Something like a dream come true for me," said Tripathi after the match. "Was prepared for both the roles. Thought the ball was coming nicely, so I thought we should keep up the scoreboard which is why those shots came out, nothing special. It's a journey. Have loved this journey. Coming to KKR is special. Performing in front of Shahrukh sir is very special. It's a dream come true."
Tripathi, who was bought by now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs. 10 lakh in the 2017 IPL auction, opened the batting for the then Steve Smith-led team that season and scored 391 runs at a strike rate of 146.44 including two fifties.
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