Leg- spinner Rashid Khan came up with a sterling all- round show for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to reach the IPl final an engrossing IPL encounter at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. They will meet Chennai Super Kings.
Rashid Khan came at a time when SRH were struggling to put a decent total to bowl at. SRH at one stage tottering at 138 for seven with 11 deliveries left. KKR bowler Prasidh Krishna conceded 24 runs in the final over of the innings. It proved to be the difference at the end.
Rashid’s blazing cameo helped SRH reach a 174 for 7 in their 20 overs. He smashed a blazing 10 ball 34 and later on mesmerised KKR with the ball taking 3 for 19 off his four overs. He took two crucial catches to complete a memorable match. Fittingly he bagged the Man of the match award.
KKR at one stage looked in control , but once Rashid Khan came into the attack the match swung dramatically. Kolkata could only manage 160 for nine in their chase there by losing by 14 runs, much to the disappointment of a large home crowd.
Dinesh Karthik had captained the side very well. KKR were let down by some poor shot selection. Robin Uthappa went for an unnecessary reverse sweep of Rashid Khan and was bowled . The game changed from there on. Shakib A L Hasan bowled a beauty armer to clean bowl KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik . And when Rashid got Andrew Russell caught by Shikhar Dhawan the game was as good as over for the two time champions