The Plan Was to Bowl Dot Balls, Says Rashid Khan

Written by Vipin Darwade

Mayank Markande’s four-wicket heroics went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians in a last-over thriller at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan did really well to put brakes on the Mumbai batting, and the leggie returned with figures of 1/13 in his four overs. That also earned him Man-of-the-Match award.

“It was a good performance to restrict them to under 150. It was a good bowling effort, all the boys bowled really well. Dot balls are crucial in such a short format. That was the plan to bowl as many dot balls as possible. That was the message from the management to go and enjoy yourself – that’s what I did. I just try my best to bowl in good length areas and mix it up for the batsmen. As he’s in his stance, I can see where he’s trying to hit” he said after the match.

“We are always having fun when (we) are there in the centre. Against Pollard I did (that) in the Big Bash (League) as well so… we (would) have some good conversation which makes the game more entertaining. People would watch it and get fun from that. That was the plan, to go against him very aggressively and try to (get) him to make some mistake and get his wicket because his wicket was very crucial that time. He is a kind of player who can take the game away from you at any stage” he added.

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