- SunRisers Hyderabad ended their losing streak as they defeat Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
- Delhi Capitals could not get a hat trick of wins
- SRH bowler Rashid Khan dedicates his win to his late parents
The main strike bowler of SunRisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan could not hold back tears, and dedicated his Man of the Match performance against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 to his mother and who he called his biggest fan who died earlier in 2020.
The triple strike from Rashid Khan made all the difference for the SunRisers allowing them to defend a total of 162 for their first win in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, on Tuesday.
Rashid, emotional, recalled “It has been a tough one and a half years for me, first my dad expired and then my mom (in June this year). And it took a bit of time for me to come back. My mom was my biggest fan, especially in the IPL and when I was the MoM, she would always talk to me through the night,” at the post match presentation.
The 22 year old Afghan player said he did not feel pressure going in the game and reaped the benefit of bowling at a quicker than his usual pace on a slow surface.
Rashid said, “I bowled quicker today when I started and bowled my first ball, I realized it. You need two-three balls to know what the right pace is. In these conditions, you need to bowl back of a length to the batsmen.”
He added, “Warner (captain) always backs me and tells me that you know what’s best for the team. Only when things aren’t going my way I go and ask the captain what to do.”
The skipper of the losing side, Shreyas Iyer said, his team, Delhi Capitals, did not read the conditions well in their first game in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Iyer said, “They outplayed us in all three departments and credit to them for that. 162 was a par score on this wicket. It was surprising and in the second innings, it (pitch) was two-paced.”
He added, “When I went in, the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat. We thought dew would come on but we can’t give any reasons at this moment,”.
“We didn’t execute the way we wanted to. A lot of learnings from this wicket and conditions. Ricky went in (during the time-out) and we needed one batsman to take a chance as the required rate was pretty high. “The ground is very big and we didn’t capitalize on taking doubles. We knew boundaries are big here and doubles will be key for us. It didn’t work out for us, hopefully, next time we can maximize the opportunities,” Iyer said.