IPL 2023: Rinku Singh overtakes Venkatesh Iyer in Orange Cap race, becomes KKR’s top scorer

New Delhi. In IPL 2023, Rinku Singh of Kolkata Knight Riders has been made from ‘common’ to ‘special’ player. Rinku, who hit Gujarat Titans for sixes in the last 5 balls of Yash Dayal’s over, scored an inning of 46 runs in 35 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday with the help of three sixes and three fours. And once lost three wickets for 35 runs played an important role in taking the team to a respectable score of 171 runs.

Has scored 316 runs in 10 matches
With the innings of 46 runs against Sunrisers, Rinku Singh has become the top scorer for KKR this season. He has left behind Venkatesh Iyer in terms of runs. Rinku has so far scored 316 runs at an average of 52.66, remaining unbeaten 4 times in 10 matches, including two half-centuries. Venkatesh Iyer, the only batsman to score a century for KKR in IPL 2023, has 303 runs (average 30.30) in 10 matches. Venkatesh was also involved in the Orange Cap race after the initial matches.

7th in the list of top scorers
Talking about the top scorer of IPL 2023, Rinku is currently at the seventh position. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Faf du Plessis (466 runs) has retained the top spot in the Orange Cap race. Yashasvi Jaiswal of Rajasthan Royals is second with 428 runs and Devon Conway of Chennai Super Kings is third with 414 runs. Virat Kohli (364 runs) of RCB is fourth, Rituraj Gaikwad (354 runs) of CSK is fifth and Shubman Gill (339 runs) of Gujarat Giants is in sixth place.

Varun Chakraborty bowled a wonderful last over
Batting first in Thursday’s match, KKR scored 171 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Apart from Rinku, captain Nitish Rana (42) and Andre Russell (24 off 13 balls) were the other scorers. In response, with the help of Captain Adam Markram’s 41 and Heinrich Klaasen’s 36 runs, SRH seemed to be moving towards victory at one time, but after the dismissal of these two, the team’s steps faltered. In the last over, SRH needed just 9 runs to win and the pair of Abdul Samad and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were at the crease. In such a situation, Varun Chakraborty bowled an amazing over and along with giving just three, he also took the wicket of Samad. SRH could only manage 166 runs after losing eight wickets. KKR won the match by 5 runs.

Tags: IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders

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