Rashid Khan’s IPL magic: 3 Sixes off 4 balls in last over


Gujarat Titans’s Rashid Khan snatched victory from the hands of SunRisers Hyderabad  when he hit 3 Sixes off 4 balls in the last over. The team needed 22 off the last six balls chasing 196 against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

At the crease were Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan with left-arm pacer Marco Jansen bowling the last over. The duo fought to the last ball and what cricket enthusiasts got was a stupendous watch.

But before all that could happen, GT dugout had some nervous moments as Tewatia and Rashid Khan had a tough task ahead of them. Tewatia hit Jansen for a six over deep mid-wicket off the first ball and then took a single. With the main batter off the strike, GT camp was jittery. But Khan hit a six straight down the ground on the third ball but the fourth ball was a dot.

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With GT needing nine off two balls, Khan first sliced one for the maximum and then off the last ball hit another six to take his team to a win.

“Feels good, to go there and have that self-belief and keep my shape stronger and hit it, Happy to deliver against them (SRH), just trying to play my game and have that belief on my batting which I’m working from the last two years,” Khan said after the match.

“When it was 22 left. I just told Tewatia that we have given 25 in the last over with one of our best bowler bowling and I told him that we needed to have that belief and not panic, anything is possible. Just stay there, keep your shape and hit it strong and that was the plan (with Tewatia).”

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However, Sunriser Umran Malik was appearing to be the star of the day taking all five wickets, but Rashid seems to have stolen away his share of limelight by the end of the day.

Wriddhiman Saha was the star of the show for GT with the bat, scoring 68 off 38 balls, but he was one of four batters who were cleaned up by Umran. Earlier, Abhishek Sharma and Aiden Markram’s 96-run stand, and a fiery finish from Shashank Singh helped SRH put up a target of  196 for GT to chase.