Sunrisers Hyderabad’s superstar bowler Rashid Khan, who was the Man of the Match on Tuesday in his team’s victory against Delhi Capitals, has said that he was not looking for wickets but was only trying to bowl at the right areas to get dot balls.
Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday rode on brilliant performance of their bowlers in the death overs to record the first win of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 15-run win over Delhi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Dubai.
Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the star for David Warner-led team as he ended up with brilliant figures of 3/14 and was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’. Jonny Bairstow (53 off 48 balls), captain David Warner (45 off 33) and Kane Williamson (41 off 26) had shone with the bat earlier.
Batting first Hyderabad had posted a comprehensive total of 162/4 before the bowlers put on their best performance of the season so far to restrict the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi at 147/7.
“Initially, when I bowled my first ball, I was able to get turn, so I realised the ball is turning and I also summarised that the ball is turning more when I am bowling it quicker,” Rashid told his teammate Abdul Samad in a video posted on iplt20.com after the match.
“I tried bowling in just the right areas and was looking to bowl dot balls to create pressure on the Delhi batsmen,” he added.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Samad – who made his IPL debut against DC – said the six that he hit against Anrich Nortje gave him the confidence to perform well in the upcoming matches.
“Yeah, I felt really good playing my first match in the IPL. I also hit a big six off the bowling of Anrich Nortje, it gave me confidence that I will be able to do good in the coming games. People back home have a lot of expectations from me and I hope to do well,” said 18-year-old Samad who scored 12 runs from seven balls.
“Before coming out to bat, the team management had told me to express myself and to play the way I normally do. I started hitting from the first ball, I missed one-two balls, but the six I was able to hit, I got a lot of confidence from that,” added the all-rounder from Kashmir.