It was a special day for the Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan as he captained a team for the first time in the IPL. On Sunday, Khan acted as the ‘stand-in’ skipper for Gujarat Titans after Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the game against CSK with an injury.
Things didn’t go as per plan for the leggie with the ball as the Afghan lad went wicketless, giving away 29 runs in four overs. However, he was in no mood to lose the game and went berserk with the bat to help his side cross the line in a thriller.
After winning the toss, Rashid Khan invited the Super Kings to bat first. However, their innings blew hot and cold as the defending champions managed 169/5 on the board.
Gujarat Titans were rocked early in the chase, and they were reduced to 87/5 in the 15th over. While David Miller was going all guns blazing at one end, he was losing partners quickly at the other. Finally, Rashid Khan joined Miller in the middle and tried to stitch a partnership to take the game closer.
However, the game went a little too far from the grasp of the Gujarat Titans, requiring 48 runs in the last three overs.
Rashid Khan smacked Chris Jordan for 25 runs in an over
The death-bowling specialist from England, Chris Jordan, came to bowl the 18th over of the Titans’ innings. Rashid Khan was batting at 8 runs off 12 deliveries at that moment, but he decided to switch on his beast mode.
The Afghan leggie smashed Jordan for two fours and two sixes in the over, using his strong wrists and bringing out a couple of mini-helicopters. The Titans scored 25 runs of that over to bring down the equation to the Titans requiring 23 runs off 12 deliveries.
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Rashid also smashed Dwayne Bravo for a boundary before the West Indian all-rounder consumed him after scoring an invaluable 40 runs off 21 deliveries. However, Rashid Khan’s effort wasn’t wasted as David Miller completed the tense chase with one delivery left in the account.