Stats: Rashid Khan Reigns Supreme to Knock KKR Out of Final Race
Rashid Khan’s brilliant all-round performance propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad into the Indian Premier League final with a 13-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 on Friday.
The 19-year-old leg-spinner Rashid of Afghanistan took 3-19, held onto three catches and was instrumental in a run-out of Nitish Rana as Kolkata was restricted at 161/9.
Rashid's brisk 34 off just 10 balls with four sixes and two fours had earlier lifted Hyderabad to 174/7 after Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field.
Hyderabad will now meet Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday at Mumbai.
Rashid initiated Kolkata’s collapse when he ran out Nitish Rana in the ninth over as Kolkata was cruising along at 87/1.
Robin Uthappa tried an extravagant reverse sweep against Afghan spinner and was clean bowled before he trapped Lynn leg before wicket.
And Rashid put the game beyond Kolkata's reach in his last over when he had Andre Russell caught in the slips as the West Indian hard hitter tried to cut the leg spinner.
With 19 runs required off the last over, Rashid took two well judged catches in the deep to dismiss Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill as West Indian seamer Carlos Brathwaite conceded just five runs.
Earlier, Kolkata’s spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav (2-29), Piyush Chawla (1-22) and Narine (1-24) combined well before Rashid’s late blitz saw Hyderabad reach a challenging total.
Sunrisers snatched the momentum scoring 50 runs in the last three overs with Rashid making the difference with his 34 not out off just 10 balls, which included four sixes and two fours.
Rashid stepped on the gas in Prasidh Krishna's final over with two sixes that yielded 24 runs to end with the highest score of his T20 career.
Having started off on an impressive note, Krishna finished with poor figures of 56 runs from his four overs to undo all the good work done by Kuldeep and Narine.