Last night, Sunrisers Hyderabad qualified for the finals after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs at their own den, at the very famous Eden Gardens of Kolkata. Surnisers Hyderabad once again proved that they can defend any target with their exceptional bowling skills.
However, the win didn’t came easy to Sunrisers Hyderabad, the players of Kolkata Knight Riders gave a tough competition to the winners. They started off well but somehow lost their grip at the end of the match, courtesy to the young talent of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan.
The young spinner of Sunrisers Hyderabad, once again gave an exceptional performance and left everyone stunned with his devastating batting skill. The bowlers of Kolkata Knight Riders were delivering tight to the players of Sunrisers and were not letting them score huge at the scoretable but until Rashid Khan entered the ground.
Once Rashid Khan entered the ground, he turned the tables upside down and took the total scores to 174 runs. He scored 34 runs in mere 10 balls. With the powerful strike rate of 340, he smashed 2 fours and 4 sixes.
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He did it with his bat in the 1st innings and followed it up with his bowling and awesome fielding in the 2nd innings to win the much deserved Man of The Match award. Congratulations to @rashid.khan19 as we get set to bring the cup back home #IPL2018 #SRHvKKR #IPL2018Playoffs
In the second innings as well, Rashid Khan went on to took the three big wickets of the players who were in a very great form. He started from Chris Lynn and dismissed him by LBW at the score of 48 runs, then he went on take the wickets of Nitish Rana, who was dismissed after run-out by Rashid Khan. Robin Uthappa was bowled by Rashid Khan after facing a few balls.
The batsmen of Kolkata Knight Riders tried their best to win the match but fell short of 13 runs, giving away the match to the defending champions.
Rashid Khan, was given the man of the match title, here’s what he said :
“It was much needed for me, just tried my best to give 100% in bowling, batting and fielding. Full focus was to believe in my skills. Much happy with the batting today which was needed at the end. Started my career as a batsman, and I have the belief.
Just try my best to look into the length and play according to the length. Focus was to play straight, that’s what the coaches said. So where the slower ball or anything, played straight and got runs.
Can’t have excuses in fielding department. Just try to give my best. Working hard on that and it’s good so far. Want to dedicate my award to those people who lost their lives in a blast back home.”
After the match, when the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik was asked to talk about the match and their loss to Sunrisers, he said:
“It’s hard to digest. We played a good tournament, but to finish on the losing side doesn’t feel good. We had the game during the chase, but a couple of bad shots and one run-out changed the course of the game.
Me, Nitish and Robin should have finished it off, but me not carrying it through is a mistake on my part. Plenty of positives, youngsters have grabbed their opportunities and done quite well so that’s great for the franchise.”
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