Sunrisers Hyderabad have beaten Kolkata Knight Riders in the final playoff game of the Vivo IPL 2018. It was the heroic of Afghan sensation Rashid Khan in all three departments of batting, bowling and fielding that kept SRH in the hunt of the trophy. He would be now a key player for them in the final against CSK. Here are the major talking points from the final playoff match yesterday at the Eden Gardens:
● Dhawan’s Poor Playoff Run Continues:
Shikhar Dhawan performed very well in the first half of the Vivo IPL 2018 but in the 2nd half he is not being that much effective which he was in the first half. His record in playoffs has historically been very poor as he has got out for duck 3 times in playoff! His last night’s 34 was his highest score in playoffs. Although, he got a good start but couldn’t capitalise on it.
Shikhar Dhawan in Playoffs:
Innings – 10
Runs – 133
SR – 91.7
Average – 13.13
Ducks – 3
● Captaincy of Kane Williamson :
It was a great job from Kane Williamson who outwitted Andre Russel in a crucial situation where as Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy was not upto the mark yesterday. Seeing that Rashid Khan was getting the benefit of Prasidh’s pace, he could have given an over to Piyush Chawla in the deaths and as Brathwate is also not a good player of spin. Besides Dinesh Karthik himself getting out on a crucial moment of the game was probably the turning point of the Match.
● DK Missed a Milestone:
Before the Match, Dinesh Karthik needed 10 runs to become the first Wicket keeper-Captain to score 500 runs but he missed the milestone by just 2 runs. He also missed the milestone of becoming the first wicket keeper batsman to score 500+ runs in two IPL seasons. But now he has the most runs as a wicket keeper captain in an IPL season going past Adam Gilchrist’s 495 runs in 2009. Now, MS Dhoni need 45 runs to achieve 500 runs in an IPL season as a wicket keeper captain.
● Spinners Ruled:
Kuldeep Yadav turned the game on his head by getting 2 wickets of Dhawan and Williamson in an over respectively and it could be a turning point of the match as Dhawan and Saha added 56 runs for the first wicket prior to that. It was all Kuldeep Yadav then as he bowled with an economy of 7.25 which was pretty good. Piyush Chawla also bowled well with an economy of 7.30 although he bowled only 3 overs. DK could have given another over to him in the death but he didn’t! The real game changer was Rashid Khan picking up 3 very crucial wickets of Lynn, Uthappa and Russel which made the writing on the wall visible clearly.
● Rashid’s All-round Performance :
Rashid Khan was the star of the last night’s match, first scoring 34*(10) crucial runs for his team and then picking three crucial wickets, he also took 2 catches and 1 run out of Nitish Rana. His 34* runs were game changing for SRH. He is probably the best spinner in the world in this format and the same has been said by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. The Afghan, for whom many Indians are demanding an Indian citizenship will be a key for Sunrisers in the final against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
● Writer’s Take :
It would not be easy for Chennai to beat Hyderabad as they have broken their losing streak of losing four consecutive matches. We are hoping for a thriller on Sunday as the two table toppers from the league stage collides for the trophy of the eleventh edition of arguably the most coveted domestic cricket tournament.