Rashid Khan stars as SRH get off the mark

1 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with the ball for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), as they defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, reports NDTV.

After losing the toss, SRH were sent in to bat first. With Jonny Bairstow, David Warner and Kane Williamson putting in good displays with the bat, SRH reached 162/4, setting a 163-run target.

DC reached 147/7 in 20 overs, with Rishabh Pant leading a late charge, but failing to cross the final lap. Khan and Kumar performed admirably for SRH, grabbing three and two wickets respectively. This was also SRH's first win of the season, and the first defeat for DC.

An emotional Rashid Khan dedicated his man-of-the-match performance to his mother, who died earlier this year. The Afghan leg-spinner took 3-14 from his four overs.

Khan, who tops the world Twenty20 bowling rankings, said his mother was his "biggest fan".

"Tough one-and-a-half years for me, first my dad expired and then my mom three-four months ago," said the 22-year-old.

"And it took a bit of time for me to come back. My mom was my biggest fan, especially in the IPL and when I was the man of the match, she would always talk to me through the night."

Khan, one of 12 siblings, made his debut for Afghanistan in 2015 and has emerged as a key figure in the war-torn nation's rise as a cricketing force.

The in-demand bowler has travelled the world to take part in leagues including Australia's Big Bash, the Caribbean Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

Hyderabad skipper David Warner was all praise for the "outstanding" spinner who stood out with an economy rate of 3.50.

"Rash is Rash, he knows what he has to do and the way he came out and delivered tonight was exceptionally great," said Warner.

"He knew he had a big role tonight with young (spinner) Abhishek (Sharma) at the other end. Extra bit of pressure for Rash, (but) he held is nerve and was outstanding."