Friday night , the Eden Gardens Kolkataa witnessed a dynamic match between the Kolkata Knoght Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The man who stole the show was Afghanistan’s Raqshid Khan and he snatched the march from the home team t the IPL eliminator.
Kolkata had dominated the match against Hyderabad for most parts of Saturday. But just when it looked like Hyderabad won’t be able to post a formidable total, Rashid Khan walked in and showed his skills to a 10-ball 34 that had four incredible sixes. In reply to Hyderabad’s 174/7, Kolkata were cruising at 93/2 in 10 overs but in walked the spinner and once again walked away with three wickets to leave the team reeling. Any chances of a late resurgence from the hosts was snuffed out when Rashid took two back-to-back catches in the final over to see his team through to the finals.
It was an all-round effort that earned the 19-year-old from Jalalabad massive adulation but praise from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was extra special. “Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us whats best about Afg. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away. @narendramodi,” he tweeted.
On his part, Rashid Khan dedicated his man-of-the-match award to victims of a blast in his home town. “I want to dedicate this award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in my hometown back home,” he said.
Thanks to his consistent efforts, Hyderabad – having topped the league stage – will now face off against Chennai on Sunday for the title.