Rashid spins Sunrisers to emphatic IPL triumph
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan leg-spin prodigy Rashid Khan has helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) trounce Gujarat Lions (GL) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
The teen-age sensation grabbed three wickets as his side restricted the opposition to 135 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
For Gujarat, Dwyane Smith scored 37, Dinesh Karthik 30 and Jason Roy 31. The rest of batsmen exited without showing any spine.
Rashid dismissed Brendon McCullum (5), Aaron Finch (3) and Suresh Raina (5) while Jason Roy (31) was ousted by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
David Warner and Moises Henriques lifted the Sunrisers Hyderabad to a nine-wicket triumph. Warner hit another unbeaten IPL fifty.
The Sunrisers notched up their fourth win in as many matches. Lions skipper Raina said: “The Afghan legspinner bowled really well. We haven’t seen much for him.
“This wicket was slow, we started well but Rashid struck. Dinesh and Smith did well, but 135 wasn’t enough. We need to raise our bowling. If we can’t do that, I don’t think we deserve to finish in the top four.”
The Sunrisers captain also gave Rashid full credit, saying: “I wanted to try him in the first six, and he said ‘give me the ball.’ He’s a superstar in the making...”
Adjudged man of the match, Rashid said: “It’s a positive message back home in Afghanistan. Their players have helped me. The crowd here has given me a lot of support and love...”
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