Rashid Khan’s emergence in IPL in 2017 has put Afghanistan cricket in the World map . In 4 seasons he has taken 75 wickets at only 6.24 economy and has been Sunrisers’ number one bowling weapon. He can also hammer few quick runs at the end too.
In the 2nd qualifiers in 2018 season , SRH was facing KKR at a packed Eden Gardens for a spot in the finals. KKR won the toss and sent SRH to bat and till the 18th over the home team was dominant as SRH slumped to 138/7 with all their batsmen back in the dugout and Rashid came to the crease.
What followed was absolute carnage in final two overs . Rashid slashed two big 6s over extra cover in the 19th over bowled by Shivam Mavi . The score was 150 at the start of 20th over . Prasidh Krishna was bowling the final over and Rashid went after him with 2 fours and 2 sixes in dramatic fashion . The 4s were hit through backward point & over bowlers head backing off from stumps . The 6 hit off 4th ball was sensational and reminiscent of Viv Richards 6 off last ball of the innings in World cup final 1979 . Rashid moved towards off and lifted him over backward square leg for a stunning 6 . He followed another , fetching the ball outside off to smote it over long leg to take 24 runs in final over , which took SRH to 174/7 , a potential match winning score .
KKR while chasing down was progressing well till 9th over with 93/2 but it was going to be Rashid Khan’s day . In the 10th over he dismissed Uthappa who went for a reverse sweep off a legside ball. Soon after Lynn (48) was lbw sweeping and finally the dangerman Russell ( 3) shaped to cut a ball close to his body to snick it to slip to derail KKR ‘s chances . Rashid took 3/19 in 4 overs and SRH reached the finals , winning by 14 runs in front of a packed crowd at Eden Gardens.
This was one of the finest allround performances in any IPL game and fetched Rashid the man of the match award .
Watch Rashid’s allround effort in below link