IPL 2018: Irfan Pathan takes to Twitter to appreciate Rashid Khan's herculean effort

IPL 2018: Irfan Pathan takes to Twitter to appreciate Rashid Khan’s herculean effort

Irfan termed Rashid's efforts as 'mind-blowing.'

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Photo by IANS)

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a stunning and outstanding victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 14 runs in the second qualifier of IPL 2018. With this magnificent win last night at the Eden Gardens, the Kane Williamson-led team have booked their spot for a meeting in the final against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) this Sunday, where both the champion sides will be battling hard to lift the coveted trophy. Afghanistan ace cricketer Rashid Khan was the star performer for the Sunrisers in the must-win game against KKR with his all-round effort.

Kuldeep Yadav spins SRH batters, but Rashid provides an explosive finish

After winning the toss, the KKR spinners bowled superbly to provide the early breakthroughs. Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav scalped the big wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson in his first over. The visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the KKR bowlers bowled consistently on the right lengths to restrict the SRH middle-order.

However, leggie Rashid who has been superb with the ball in the season decided to show some heroics with the bat and ended up playing an explosive cameo of 34 runs off just 10 balls to help his side post a challenging total of 174-7 on the board.

KKR top-order scare to run-away with the game, but Rashid has some other plans

In the run-chase, the KKR top-order once again provided the team with a scintillating start as they added 67 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. However, Rashid once again came to perform his job now with the ball and claimed the match-turning wickets of Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell to reduce the opposition in a bewildering trouble. In the end, the KKR lower-order couldn’t finish the game because of the remarkable bowling effort by the SRH bowlers.

Irfan Pathan’s tweet for Rashid Khan

Veteran Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan who is currently a part of the expert panel for IPL 2018, came up with an exciting message to appreciate the efforts of the Afghanistan leggie in the Qualifier 2. He also wished both SRH and CSK all the best for the final encounter.

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