IPL 2018 | Match 59 | SRH vs KKR: Sunrisers Hyderabad broke their losing streak with a 13 run-win yesterday against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. While KKR had to leave the tournament to be placed third, SRH will now be flying to Mumbai to face the Chennai Super Kings for the fourth and final time this season.
KKR won the toss and opted to bowl, placing SRH to bat. KKR did a good job containing SRH in the beginning with Kuldeep Yadav, who finished with a figure of 2/29, taking down the two highest-scoring batsmen in SRH – Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan – in the same over. Sunil Narine also had a great inning as he picked up one wicket while conceding only two runs in the seventeenth over. SRH made it back into the game as they raised fifty runs in the last three overs with Rashid Khan exploding to provide a 10-ball 34 laced with four sixes and two fours. He ended the innings in the final over with 24 runs including two sixes, placing Prasidh Krishna at his worst performance figure of (0/56). SRH opened with Wriddhiman Saha (35) and Shikhar Dhawan (34), with Saha making a reappearance after five matches. He looked out of sorts at first but soon gained a little momentum after his dropped catch. He went on to stay till the eleventh over until he was stumped by Dinesh Karthik. Shakib Al Hasan (28) and Deepak Hooda (19) also contributed in adding a significant number of runs on the board. Rashid Khan ended the innings with a score of 174 for 7.
The clear star of last night was Rashid Khan as he single-handedly led the team to the victory with his 10-ball 34 in the first innings and then went on to pick up three wickets in the second innings. The internet was full of praise for Rashid Khan as he made history.
Always felt @rashidkhan_19 was a good spinner but now I wouldn’t hesitate in saying he is the best spinner in the world in this format. Mind you, he’s got some batting skills as well. Great guy.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 25, 2018
As a leg spinner I love seeing all the different types of leg spinners playing in the #IPL but watching @rashidkhan_19 bowl in these big games makes me proud as he loves this stage & pressure it also gets me excited ! 👍
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 25, 2018
I think Rashid Khan could discover a new planet in the solar system or a new element in the periodic table today
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 25, 2018
With a target of 175 to chase, KKR started with a scintillating 40 runs off 3.2 overs until opener Sunil Narine (26) was caught by Carlos Brathwaite off Siddharth Kaul (2/32). Chris Lynn’s 31-ball 48 accelerated KKR’s momentum and started off their innings on a great note. After Narine’s exit, he continued his partnership with Nitish Rana (22) to take KKR to 81 for one after eight overs. KKR seemed to have a pretty good chance until SRH took four wickets in five overs to lower the run rate to a less achievable target. Rashid Khan took out all the crucial wickets at regular intervals of time while Carlos Brathwaite took out both Shubman Gill (30) and Shivam Mavi (6) in two successive balls in the last over, ending the game for KKR at 160 for 9.
SRH will now clash with the Chennai Super Kings for the final match of the season at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday. KKR have exited the tournament after making it so far; they will be placed third.
Well was not to be. Will have to cancel my flight but KKR well done. U did yourself proud. All of u so so well done. Love you & yes I am smiling. Thks for the entertainment & so many moments of glory. V r an awesome team! pic.twitter.com/BtGDrikag5
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 25, 2018