There was yet another last over chase in IPL 2018 at the Eden Gardens. After a few defeats, Sunrisers finally reached the final to let the men in yellow taste their own medicine as they have lost all three games against CSK in this season
KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and took a bold move by fielding first. The West Indian biggie Javon Searles was replaced by young Shivam Mavi. Surprisingly, Sunriders made three changes. They brought Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha and Khaleel in for Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami and Sandeep Sharma.
The Sunrisers got of a great start with Saha and Dhawan to get the opening partnership of 50 runs. The Chinaman took two wickets and changed the game in first over by dismissing Dhawan and in-form Kane Williamson, SRH spinner. With the help of Hooda and Shakib as well as a flourish by Rashid Khan who scored 34 runs off only 10 balls, SRH reached the good total of 174.
The KKR started well to chase the huge target of 175 to win a position in the final with fours and sixes and to set up a great platform for middle over. But the spin twins Shakib and Rashid Khan turned the wave for Sunrisers. Young Shubman Gill also displayed his batting skills at the end but he couldn’t save KKR from the loss. All in all, here are the masterstrokes played by SRH which helped them book a position in the finals –
- Rashid Khan – Man of the Match
Last game was not about SRH vs. KKR, it was about Rashid Khan vs. KKR. He was the King Khan of the match who ruled the whole ground by taking 3 wickets. He should definitely be called as one of the best finishers.
His performance in last match was so brilliant that Indians started demanding Rashid Khan from Afghanistan. In response, Afghanistan president refused to give their hero away. The Afghan spinner has literally changed the game and led KKR hopeless with no wickets left.
KKR’s hopes were dependent mostly on Andre Russel who could take them to the finals but his muscle power was failed miserably. Rashid Khan emerged as his supreme best once again. Russell chose to play out Rashid Khan. But Kane Williamson played a masterstroke with a slip and short-leg in 15th over. Russell edged to Dhawan in the slips and it literally changed the game.
- Wriddhiman Saha’s comeback
Wriddhiman Saha has finally recovered from injury and returned to playing XI in the major encounter against KKR by replacing Shreevats Goswami. The Indian batsman-wicket keeper gave 50-run stand to SRH along with Shikhar Dhawan for the opening wicket.
Saha scored 35-off-27 before losing it to Piyush Chawla. The veteran restored the faith by Kane in an important game. During the final stages, teams usually prefer to stay with original XI. Playing Saha is a masterstroke which paid off well for the captain.
- Skipper’s Last Over Gamble
India’s U19 legend Shubman Gill was the last hope for KKR. The youth played good knock by keeping the hope alive for the team. The death bowling experts Siddharth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished their 4 overs by 19th over. This way, Kane give the world-cup hero of West Indies another chance to show who the boss is, to defend against Mavi and Gill.