Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal hailed his fellow wrist-spinner, Rashid Khan for his spectacular show in the virtual semi-final clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to beat them by 13 runs at the Eden Gardens.
Meanwhile, Khan was from a different planet in last night’s game as he did no wrong in the game. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) banked on his individual brilliance to thump KKR at their own territory.
However, things were different at the start of the game with Hyderabad coming back for four loss. Moreover, they made three changes to their playing XI going into this game, as Kolkata made only a solitary change.
Hyderabad got off to a slow start with Shivam Mavi reaping early result from the wicket which was fast from the last night. The Sunrisers, however, started to crawl back their way courtesy Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha. Shakib Al Hasan and Deepak Hooda also played useful hands to take their team over the 100-run mark.
It was the young Afghanistan cricketer who slammed 34 off just ten balls including four sixes to give the bowlers something to bowl at.
In reply, Kolkata got off to a flier with their top-order coming good. However, some back to back wickets in the second half of the innings shifted the momentum of the game. With 19 runs needed from last six balls, Carlos Brathwaite picked two wickets to defend the score, as Kolkata fell short of 13 runs.
As a result, Hyderabad will face Chennai Super Kings on Sunday’s final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Only one Khan in cricket
Chahal, who had a disappointing season with RCB was keenly watching the Qualifier 2. It was won wonder that he got excited by his fellow leg-spinner’s impeccable effort which took Hyderabad to the finals.
He took to Twitter and congratulate Rashid for his brilliant show last night.
“Only one khan in cricket
@rashidkhan_19 #SRHvKKR #IPL2018Playoffs #leggiestrom,” Chahal tweeted.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) May 25, 2018