IPL 2019: Just Try My Best To Be Positive In Each Game : Rashid Khan
In a game where almost 400 runs were scored, Rashid Khan stood out as a bowler that eventually made the difference in the close game as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets.
After Ajinkya Rahane decided to bat first, Kane Williamson introduced Rashid Khan in the attack in the very fourth over and the move paid off immediately. On the very second ball of his first over, Rashid dismissed Jos Buttler to jolt the Royals. The Royals did take some time to recover and thus failed to score at a good rate in the initial overs. In fact, they had managed just 35 after the powerplay. Later, Ajinkya Rahane went on to score a fifty while Sanju Samson slammed an unbeaten century to guide the Royals to a daunting 198 for 2.
And while none of his teammates conceded less than 8, Rashid Khan finished the innings with impressive figures of 1 for 24.
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Chasing a mammoth 199, the Sunrisers were off to a stunning start. Their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow fired on all cylinders right from the word go. By the time the powerplay ended, the Sunrisers had raced away to 69 for no loss. Warner reached his fifty in just 29 deliveries and was showing no signs of slowing down.
The partnership reached 100 in just nine overs. Ben Stokes then gave the Royals the much-needed breakthrough in the tenth over by dismissing Warner. In the next over, Shreyas Gopal dismissed Bairstow to reduced the Sunrisers to 117 for 2 from 110 for no loss.
However, the openers had already laid the foundation for the chase. Vijay Shankar then slammed 35 off just 15 to take the team close to win. The Royals then threatened to turn the game by taking three quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 167 for 5 from 164 for 2.
However, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan then shared an unbeaten stand of 34 runs to take the team home. Yusuf scored 16 while Rashid slammed 15 off 8.
Rashid deservedly won the Man of the Match award. Speaking after the match, he said:
“I think I just try my best to be positive in each game and I am working hard and believing in my own skills, so that’s what is working for me. The plan was to bowl in the good length area to Buttler, I have got him out a few times, so that’s why I came in early. I was mixing my variations. Didn’t want to give room to batsmen because the ball wasn’t turning much.”
“I have five different leg-spin variations with different actions. I just back myself with my variations and pitch it in the good length area. I am working on my batting. I need to bat well when my team needs me. My coaches – Moody, Murali and Laxman – have always backed me and given me lot of confidence saying you can hit anywhere, just a case of backing yourself. That’s what I did,” he added.
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