IPL 2018: Rashid Khan does it all against KKR as Sunrisers Hyderabad set up IPL final against Chennai Super Kings

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Rashid Khan hit 34, took 3-19 and was sensational in the field. Image: BCCI.

Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s Rashid Khan had a sensational day as he single-handedly secured a 14-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Qualifier on Friday.

Sunrisers batted first and posted 174 for seven, thanks to a superlative 10-ball 34 from Afghan ace spinner Rashid, including 18 off the last over.

In reply, the Knight Riders seemed to be on course with Chris Lynn (48) steering the chase but Rashid rose to the challenge once again, snaring three top order wickets (3-19) to put the match beyond the Knight Riders. He was brilliant in the field as well, affecting a crucial run out and taking two catches in the final over.

Sunrisers thus snapped their four-match losing streak and will face Chennai Super Kings in the final, the team they lost to in Qualifier 1.

KULDEEP’S TWIN STRIKES

Kuldeep Yadav took the scalps of Dhawan and Williamson in one over. Image: BCCI.

Kuldeep Yadav took the scalps of Dhawan and Williamson in one over. Image: BCCI.

Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan tried to hit their way out of trouble as Kolkata seamers Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna gave almost nothing away. The wicket offered a fair amount of movement early on, which forced the openers to be more inventive.

Kolkata could have had a wicket in the third over itself when Saha skied one off Mavi but captain and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik surprisingly grassed the chance.

However, left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav put an end to Sunrisers’ spirited start as he deceived Dhawan with a full delivery to have the batsman lbw with his very first ball before getting captain Kane Williamson caught behind off a googly in the same eighth over.

SPINNERS SUPERB

All three KKR spinners were on the money at the Eden Gardens. The wicket has encouraged spinners to give the ball a good rip with the ball stopping on the surface in Kolkata this season. Sunil Narine (1-24) and Kuldeep (2-29) were excellent in their four overs while Piyush Chawla did admirably as well – one for 22 from three.

No surprises that the Sunrisers were struggling at 122 for four after 16 overs.

RASHID TAKES OVER

It was another match where all-rounder Andre Russell didn’t bowl his full quota of overs. He sent down just one over, with youngsters Mavi and Krishna entrusted with the death overs.

That proved to be disastrous as Rashid smashed Mavi for two sixes in the penultimate over before tearing into Krishna. The Afghan spinner tonked the Kolkata quick for two sixes and a four as the final over went for 24, taking the total to 174 for seven.

LYNN ON TOP

The Knight Riders had won their last two games played at Eden Gardens, including the Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals. Realising that the Sunrisers were low on confidence having lost four matches in a row coming into Qualifier 2, Lynn went after their famed bowling attack that had performed so well early in the tournament.

His 48 held the innings together even as wickets fell around him.

RASHID TAKES THE LEAD AGAIN

It was a brilliant day in Kolkata for Rashid. After helping Sunrisers post a challenging total, he gave a crucial breakthrough in the field by running out Nitish Rana with a strong throw from the mid wicket boundary.

He then forced Robin Uthappa to play an ungainly reverse sweep, pegging the batsman’s leg stump back. But the most important blow was Rashid’s dismissal of Lynn as he trapped the opening batsman lbw on 48.

The Afghan spin ace wasn’t done. He tied down the dangerous Russell before forcing him to cut a googly to first slip. The leg-spinner returned splendid figures of 3-19 from four overs.

If that wasn’t enough, in the final over with 19 needed for victory, Rashid showed immense composure under pressure to take two catches again on the mid-wicket fence to secure victory.

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SRH and KKR will fight it out for a place in the final. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Rashid Khan blasted a 10-ball 34 not out and then took 3-19 as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in their IPL Qualifier .

Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bowl first. A late burst from spinner Rashid, which included 24 runs from the final over, took Sunrisers to a competitive total of 174 -7.

He then turned up the heat in the field, taking three wickets, affecting a run out and taking two catches in the final over to secure victory and book a spot in the final against Chennai Super Kings.

Follow the latest ball-by-ball action of this crunch clash at the Eden Gardens in the link below.

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IPL 2018: A look back at all of Chennai Super Kings' six IPL finals

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A seventh final: Chennai Super Kings. Image: BCCI

After serving a two-year suspension, Chennai Super Kings made an instant impact on their return by reaching Sunday’s IPL final. Their victory in Tuesday’s Qualifier 1 play-off against Sunrisers Hyderabad meant the showpiece decider will be their seventh appearance in 11 editions.

Here, we look at how MS Dhoni’s side fared in their previous six finals.

2008: Lost to Rajasthan Royals by three wickets

Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai

After finishing third in the group stage, Chennai Super Kings overcame their semi-final to set-up a title decider with Rajasthan Royals. Suresh Raina’s 43 and Parthiv Patel’s 38 as well as a late blitz from MS Dhoni gave Chennai a total of 163-5. But Rajasthan showed why they finished as the league leaders as Yusuf Pathan took charge with a fine 56 to help his team become the first-ever IPL champions.

2010: Beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs

Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai

Two years after being beaten at the same venue, it was all smiles for the men in yellow as they stunned Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai side were strong favourites after finishing the league stage six points clear and eased past Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs. But Chennai came into the match on the back of an impressive 38-win against Deccan Chargers. In the final, Suresh Raina struck an unbeaten 57 to set a target of 169 and while Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 48, Mumbai Indians fell short by 22 runs.

2011: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs

Venue: M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Not only did Chennai have a chance to make history by becoming the first side to win the IPL back to back, Dhoni’s side had the comfort of playing their third final on home conditions. And the defending champions made it count. In a repeat of the Qualifier 1 clash, Chennai inflicted more misery on RCB as Murali Vijay (95) and Mike Hussey’s 63 saw the hosts stack a mammoth total of 205-5. With Chris Gayle featuring for RCB, there was every possibility that total could have been reached but luckily Ravichandran Ashwin removed the West Indian for a duck, one of his three victims on the night.

2012: Lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets

Venue: M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai didn’t have the best of league campaigns as they had wished for and only run-rate saw them qualify for the play-off stage. But having won the previous two finals, few would have written their chances off.

Batting first, it was all going according to plan with Mike Hussey (54) and Suresh Raina (73) hitting half-centuries in their total of 190-5. And despite taking an early wicket in the first over, Manvinder Bisla (89) and Jacques Kallis (69) saw Kolkata home with two balls to spare.

2013: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 23 runs

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

It was ironic that the two in-form sides of the competition made their way to one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India to settle the 2013 IPL. Both teams had the same number of points (22) with Chennai topping the league only on run-rate. In the final, Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 60 set the platform for a target of 149 but Chennai top-order batsmen crumbled under the pressure with Dhoni’s 63no the only worthy knock.

2015: Lost to Mumbai by 41 runs

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Same teams, same venue and same result as Chennai were beaten by 41 runs. Just like two years ago, the sides finished in the top two in the league. Although Chennai finished first, they were undone by Lendl Simmons’ 68 and Rohit Sharma’s 50 and despite Dwyne Smith’s 57, were unable to reach their 203 target.

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