IPL 2018 Qualifier 2: All-Round Rashid Khan Takes SunRisers Hyderabad To Final
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan produced an all-round effort to guide SunRisers Hyderabad to a 13-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier and take the visitors to the final of the 2018 Indian Premier League.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss, opted to bowl (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
Kane Williamson rang the bell at the Eden Gardens to start off proceedings of Qualifier 2.
Wriddhiman Saha's pathetic knock of 35 from 27 balls finally came to an end after a brilliant stumping by Karthik.
Kuldeep Yadav trapped the dangerous-looking Shikhar Dhawan (34) and deceived the 'Orange Cap' holder Kane Williamson (3) with a wrong one.
Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with a 2/29 spell that included the prized wicket of Kane Williamson.
Rashid Khan (34 not out off 10) played a late cameo with the bat to help SunRisers overcome a wobbly start and post a challenging 174/7.
In their pursuit of 175, KKR were off to a scintillating start scoring 40 off 3.2 overs.
Rashid Khan returned with a 3/19 spell from his four overs to guide his side to their second IPL final appearance.
Rashid Khan grabbed two important catches at deep mid-wicket in the final over of the innings to emerge as the stand-out performer.
Carlos Brathwaite picked up Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill in consecutive deliveries to shut the door for the hosts.
SunRisers will now take on two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash in Mumbai on Sunday.