Rashid Khan is an absolute superstar cricketer from Afghanistan. The 23 year old, who is into his 5th year in international cricket, has won matches single handedly for his teams. Be it his national team Afghanistan or the franchise teams he plays for, Khan is a genuine match winner. His leg spin creates a web around opposition batsmen and they are trapped into it. Moreover, he can strike some lusty blows at the end with that strong wrists of his. Also, Khan is a livewire in the field. All these qualities make him one of the most sought after player in franchise cricket.
Yesterday, Rashid again showed his importance in the Pakistan Super League. This tournament was postponed in quite similar way like the IPL when its bio bubble was broken by COVID. After many positive cases, the tournament was called off. However, it re started in UAE and the first match played was between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
Batting first, Islamabad United made 143-9 in their 20 overs. None of their batsmen could get going as Fahim Ashraf was the highest scorer for them with 27 runs. As expected, it was Rashid Khan who applied the screws on Islamabad with his quality leg spin. In his quota of 4 overs, he gave just 9 runs and took a wicket.
All round performance by Rashid!
Chasing a modest target of 144, Lahore too had a string of poor scores from their top order. On a slow and two paced wicket, the batsmen found it hard to score runs freely. Hence, by the time last over arrived, Islamabad’s score was just 128-5. They still required 16 to win in the final over and Rashid Khan was on strike with Tim David.
It was Hussain Talat who bowled the final over. The first ball was a slower one and Rashid flayed it through the covers for a four. It was an action replay on the next ball as once again a slow delivery was thumped over covers for a boundary.
Third ball of the over was a bit better but the results did not improve for the bowler. Rashid tried to smash a short of a length delivery but it resulted in an outside edge that beat the keeper for third consecutive four in the over. With 12 runs coming off the first 3 balls, the game was as good as over.
With just 4 runs required to win on final 3, Rashid patted the next two balls for 3 runs. Tim David, his batting partner took a single on the last ball to win the match for his team.
In the end, Rashid remained unbeaten on 15 in 5 balls. He was adjudged the man of the match for his amazing display with both bat and ball.
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