Kolkata: At the heart of Afghanistan’s ‘Wonder Boy’ Rashid Khan’s all-around performance, Hyderabad, in the second qualifier, defeated Kolkata by 13 runs on the same ground in the IPL final where they will face Chennai. Chasing the target of 175 runs for victory, two-time champion Kolkata made 161 for nine in 20 overs. Hyderabad, who first qualified in the qualifiers in Chennai, will play once again in the final in Mumbai on Sunday.
Afghanistan’s spinner Rashid, who proved to be a trump card for this win in his victory, who first scored 34 runs in 10 balls showing the jaw of the bat and later took three important wickets with 19 runs. Not only that, he scored a run and in the last over, he got two fantastic catches on deep midwicket.
The Hyderabad debut was very aggressive when Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine scored an average of more than ten runs per over. This partnership, which looks dangerous, was broken by Siddharth Kaul in the fourth over when Narayan caught by Carlos Braithwaite in a 13-ball 26.
Lynn was batting at the other end and Ponting Rana (22 runs from 16 balls) gave his best but he was run out due to Rasheed’s tight fielding. Rashid bowled Robin Uthappa on the first ball of the 11th over.
The biggest blow to Hyderabad was given by Shakib Al Hasan in the 12th over when Dinesh Karthik could not figure the ball towards his bottom and got bowled. At that time the score was 108 runs for four wickets. Rasheed screwed up Hyderabad with the same score pinning Lynn out in the next over. Lynn scored 48 runs in 31 balls with six fours and two sixes. Nobody could survive on the lower order except Shubhaman Gill (30 runs). Apart from Rashid for Hyderabad, Siddharth Kaul and Carlos Braithwaite took two wickets each. Earlier, in the last over, Rashid’s excellent innings helped Hyderabad to score 174 runs in seven wickets.
The Hyderabad bowlers proved the decision of bowling by winning the toss of Captain Dinesh Karthik. They initially did not allow Hyderabad batsmen to play freely. Kuldeep Yadav took 2 for 29, including a valuable wicket of Kane Williamson (three). Sunil Narine took one wicket with 24 runs and got only two runs in the 17th over.
Hyderabad scored 50 runs in the last three overs. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan scored 34 runs in just 10 balls with four sixes and two fours. Rashid scored 24 runs including two sixes in the last over of the famous Krishna. Krishna scored 56 runs in four overs and did not restrict Hyderabad batsmen like Kuldeep and Narayan. Earlier, Hyderabad bowlers did not get a wicket in the powerplay. His fast bowler Shivam Mavi, Krishna and Andre Russell bowled disciplined.
Hyderabad took the bold decision to land only three foreign players and gave Mavi the place in the team. He troubled Rothman Saha at his pace and grabbed one wicket with 33 runs. At the same time, Saha returned after five matches, making six runs in the first 12 balls. He got life guarantee from Kartik on the score of five. After that Hyderabad took three wickets in five overs. Kuldeep dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (34) on the first ball of the eighth over. After this, Williamson (three), who made the most runs in the IPL in the current season, was out cheaply. Saha was the victim of great stumping of Karthik by scoring 35 runs in 27 balls.