IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson backs Rashid Khan to bounce back strongly after expensive spells

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Rashid put in a man-of-the-match performance to bounce back in style.

It hasn’t gone all too swimmingly for Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After starting the tournament strongly, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler has been on the receiving end of some punishment in his last two outings.

Rashid, who is the No.1 ranked T20I bowler in the world currently, was taken for 55 and 49 runs respectively in his side’s losses to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

The 19-year-old came into the direct line of fire from Chris Gayle’s bat as he was smashed for four sixes in a single over in Kings XI Punjab’s win. The leg-spin prodigy is usually one of the most miserly bowlers in the T20 format with a career economy-rate of less than six runs an over.

Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson has backed the Afghanistan ace to bounce back strongly after the two highly expensive spells.

“Rashid is a world class bowler. T20 cricket does not make exemptions for any bowler to escape pressure. Any bowler can be hit, so that’s the nature of the game and I suppose he has learnt a huge amount in such a short period of time,” the Kiwi told PTI.

“Last couple of games, it is been a couple of special knocks, from people, who have played Rashid nicely but he is a world class bowler and will bounce back well. You need to embrace those challenges and I know he will,” he added.

Rashid and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be in action on Tuesday evening when they take on the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.

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IPL 2018: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's clash with Mumbai Indians

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Bhuvneshwar bowled in the nets on Friday to spark hopes of a return.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been dealt a big blow ahead of Tuesday’s IPL clash with Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the crucial encounter due to a niggling back injury. However, there is some good news for the Hyderabad fans with opener Shikhar Dhawan likely to be fit for the tie having recovered from the elbow injury he suffered in the loss against Kings XI Punjab.

Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson confirmed Bhuvneshwar’s absence late on Monday night as the team arrived in Mumbai.

“Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) did not travel with the team and is not playing the next match. Shikhar we are hoping will be fine for tomorrow,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI (Press Trust of India).

Bhuvneshawar had incidentally missed out on the reverse clash against Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad earlier due to the same injury. Young pacer Sandeep Sharma had replaced the India man in the line-up that day and is expected to do so again on Tuesday.

Williamson’s men have stuttered in their campaign recently after starting in flying fashion. Since winning their first three matches, last year’s runners-up have tasted two defeats on the bounce against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians have endured a horrendous start to their campaign with the defending champions ending up on the losing side in four of their five clashes so far.

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IPL 2018: Player ratings as Kings XI Punjab pull off another victory with Mujeeb Ur Rahman 8 and Aaron Finch 3

Alex Broun 23/04/2018
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Ankit Rajpoot bowled superbly for Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab are the shock leaders of the IPL with five wins out of six games, after their superb bowling attack defended a meagre total of 143 for 8 against the mis-firing Delhi Daredevils.

Here are our player ratings:

Lokesh Rahul – 7: (23 off 15 balls) Scratchy early and will be disappointed to get out to a nothing ball from Liam Plunkett, managed three fours and one six while he was there

Aaron Finch – 3: (2 off 4 balls) Poor tournament so far with just 16 runs at an average of 5.33(!) and continued with 2 from 4 balls, before lofting a mis-hit pull off Avesh Khan, then missed a throw from David Miller to give up four over-throws at a key moment, at least took the final catch of Shreyas Iyer off Mujeeb ur Rahman

Mayank Agarwal – 7: (21 off 16 balls) Made Boult look average with two fours early on before Plunkett surprised him with a quicker ball and cleaned him up, superb fielding at long-on to run-out Dan Christian

Karun Nair – 7: (34 off 32 balls) Beautiful drive on the up off Avesh Khan, and looking to lay the foundations for a long innings before he too was undone by clever variation from Plunkett

Yuvraj Singh – 5: (14 off 17 balls) Punjab needed a big innings from the vet but he played and missed early and was pinned down by Dan Christian and Liam Plunkett, Avesh Khan put him out of his misery.

David Miller – 6: (26 off 19 balls) Dropped twice in a slow start then opened up to post some important runs, unnecessary throw in the field gave up four over-throws

Ravichandran Ashwin – 7 (capt): (6 off 7 balls, 0-19 from 4 overs) Poked around with the bat, but turned the screws perfectly with the ball bowling four tight overs in the middle of the Delhi innings, showed a lot of courage to give Barinder Sran a fourth over but it worked a treat, leading his side superbly at the moment with a strong team spirit clearly developing

Andrew Tye – 7: (3 off 9 balls, 2-25 from 4 overs) Swung lustily without connecting with the bat and bowled a nice tight line, nice catch to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and also removed Gautam Gambir with one that straightened, turned the screws when required with ball and got the wicket of Rahul Tewatia at crucial stage

Barinder Sran – 6 (o off 1 ball, 1-45 from 4 overs) Tonked for 18 off his first and over, bowled three wides in his second then went for 15 in his third, but his captain persisted with him and he finished off well with just four runs and a wicket from his final over

Ankit Rajpoot – 8: (2-23 from 4 overs) Started well, slanting the ball across Gautam Gambhir but then lost his advantage with a foolhardy LBW review, struck back to bowl Prithvi Shaw with a peach and continued to cause problems for the batsman removing the dangerous Glenn Maxwell, finished his spell with two boundaries to take some gloss off

Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 8: (2-24 from 4 overs) Sloppy fielding on the rope gave up a boundary off Ankit Rajpoot but his first delivery to clean bowl Rishabh Pant, a wicked top-spinning leggie, wiped that memory clean. Bowled the final over and held his nerve to trump Shreyas despite going for a six early

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