IPL Throwback: Rashid Khan’s All Round Magic against KKR

Rashid Khan was roped in by SunRisers Hyderabad in 2017 and he has never looked back since. He has emerged as one of the best spinners in the IPL and has often shown that he can be a utility player with the bat too.

One such instance was the second qualifier match in 2018 against the Kolkata Knight Riders, where he stepped up not just as a bowler but as a batsman and a fielder too. Being a qualifier, it was a do or die match for both the teams. The winner of this match would play CSK for the trophy, so stakes couldn’t have been higher.

SRH batted first. Both Saha and Dhawan scored 30+ but things started to spiral down quickly as no other batsman stepped up. At the end of the 17th over, the score was 124/5. On the fifth ball of the next over, Braithwaite was run out courtesy a spectacular effort by Nitish Rana and then came in Rashid Khan.

Rashid Khan hits a six (SunRisers Hyderabad | Twitter)

On his very first ball, Rashid Khan got an outside edge and the ball went to the boundary ropes for a four. And on the very next ball, Yusuf Pathan got out and the score had become 138/7. Rashid Khan turned his beast mode on. On his third ball, Rashid stepped out and hammered a SIX! On the last ball of the over, Rashid Khan was down on one knee and smashed it for another SIX! At the end of the 19th over, SRH was at 150/7 with Rashid at 16*(6).

It was the last over of the innings and the youngster, Prasidh Krishna, had the ball.

19.3- Rashid hit a FOUR!

19.4- Flicked it over deep backward square leg for a SIX!

19.6- Smashed it over long on for a SIX!

From 124/5 at the end of the 17th over, SRH managed to reach 174/7 with credits to a spectacular knock of 34*(10) of Rashid Khan.

It was time for SRH to defend 175 runs and to do this against a batting lineup of Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubhman Gill and Andre Russell was not an easy task.

KKR was at a comfortable position at 81/1 by the end of the 8th over. On the 3rd ball of the 9th over, Rana hit the ball but slipped after completing the first run, but ran for the second and meanwhile Rashid had collected the ball and threw it and Saha dislodged the bails and RUN OUT!

On the first ball of the 11th over, Robin Uthappa tried to reverse sweep a Rashid Khan’s ball but failed and was bowled! OUT! Three wickets had been lost, but KKR was still scoring at a rate of 9.45 runs per over. Chris Lynn was firing and was at 46*(26) by the end of the 11th over.

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SRH badly needed a wicket now. And Rashid Khan was at it again! On the second ball of the 13th over, Chris Lynn tried to sweep but missed and LBW! Rashid got the big man and the dangerous Lynn was out after scoring 48(31). One dangerous man had got out but another had arrived- Andre Russell.

On the fourth ball of the 15th over, Rashid Khan bowled a googly and Russell got a thick outside edge and Dhawan caught it and OUT! What a big wicket! From 104/3 at the end of the 11th over, KKR was now reeling at 118/6 at the end of the 15th over! From a run rate of 9.4+, the run rate had dropped down to 7.86. Rashid was done with his spell now bagging 3 crucial wickets.

Rashid Khan celebrates Russell’s wicket (SunRisers Hyderabad | Twitter)

It was now time for the final over. An explosive Shubhman Gill was on strike who having scored 30*(19) while the fate of SRH was in the hands of Carlos Braithwaite. 19 runs were needed of the last over. In 2016, Carlos Braithwaite had scored the 19 runs needed in the last over in the T20WC Finale but now it was time for him to defend the same number of runs to see his team go to the finals.

19.2- Shivam Mavi hit toward the deep midwicket but ended up in the safe hands of Rashid Khan. OUT! Though it brought Shubhman Gill on strike.

19.3- Hit it toward the deep midwicket and it again ended up in the safe hands of Rashid Khan again. OUT!

Was that the match-winning wicket? It surely was as the wicket of Shubhman Gill was followed by three dot balls! SRH won the second qualifier by 14 runs and stomped their way to the finals!

No brownie points for guessing who the man of the match was. It was undoubtedly Rashid Khan who stepped up in all the areas. He scored an unbeaten 34*(10) and then capped it up with three wickets, 2 catches and 1 run out! What a stunning performance from Rashid Khan!

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