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Pakistan Super League 2021

Five instances when Rashid Khan starred with the bat

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

Rashid Khan is undoubtedly one of the finest bowlers currently, but his batting has increased leaps and bounds over the last few years.

Often batting in the lower middle order, the Afghanistan spinner has played some quick cameos of late to prove his all-round skills.

A day after helping his Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars over the line with a hat-trick of fours in the final over, we take a look at some of his blistering knocks in T20s.

SRH vs KKR, Qualifier 2, 2018 (34* in 10)

The Kolkata Knight Riders fans are not forgetting this knock anytime soon! After having Sunrisers Hyderabad on the mat at 134-6 in 17.5 overs during the Qualifier 2 in 2018, KKR would have fancied their chances of making the finals. However, Rashid had other plans as he blasted a quick 34 in just 10 deliveries with the help of two fours and four huge sixes to help his team post a competitive 174-7 on the board.

The spinner returned to pick up 3-19 with the ball, as Hyderabad got the better of Kolkata by 13 runs to advance to the finals.

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, 2019 (40 in 18)

Set a total of 169 for a win in the Big Bash League in 2019, the Adelaide Strikers were struggling at 116-6 in 15.2 overs after the top-order had been dismissed cheaply by Chris Morris and Daniel Sams. Rashid, who had a rare off day with the ball, conceding 44 runs in his quota of four overs, played the rescue act with the bat as he scored 40 off just 18 deliveries to help his team within touching distance of the target.

His knock, that had four fours and three sixes, however, ended anticlimactically as he was run-out with his team needing four to win off the last two deliveries.

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 2019 (15 in 8)

After the home team SRH conceded 198 runs against Rajasthan Royals, they needed a big knock from a top-order batsman to ensure they got over the line. The opening duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow put on 110 for the first wicket in just 9.4 overs, but the inability of the middle order to get going put the pressure back on SRH.

Rashid walked out to bat with his team needing 32 off 4.2 overs and took his time to get his eye in. With eight needed off the last eight deliveries, Rashid teed off with a four and a six to help the Orange Army clinch a nail-biter!

Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers, 2020 (29 in 13)

Adelaide Strikers began their game against Perth Scorchers on a fine note, with Phil Salt racing away to a quick 51 off just 31 deliveries. However, the middle order was unable to get into the game, as the team collapsed to 110-5 from 80-1. Rashid, who walked out to bat after the dismissal of Jonathan Wells, ensured that the Strikers regained the lost momentum with a quick cameo.

His innings of 29 off 13 balls was laced with three sixes and a four as the side posted a challenging 165 on the board. In the end, Strikers got over the line by 71 runs.

Sussex vs Hampshire, 2019 (22 off 7)

Rashid Khan can take on the best bowlers in the world across various conditions, and the same was displayed during the T20 Blast in 2019, when his quick cameo helped Sussex get a crucial win over Hampshire.

At 144-5, the team needed some quick runs to post a challenging total on the board. Rashid took on the onus and raced away to 22 off just seven balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes. His knock helped Sussex post 188-6 on the board, which proved to be 14 runs too many for the rivals.

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