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Here are five bowling performances from IPL 2018 that really stood out.
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Rashid Khan 3/19 vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Eliminator)
The Afghanistan international had the number of every top batsmen throughout the IPL 2018 and his 21 wickets at an economy of 6.73 runs per over validated his credentials as the world’s number one T20 bowler. Rashid was instrumental in SRH defending a host of low totals, but the 19-year-old’s most telling spell came in a pressure situation against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2018 Eliminator.
Chasing 175 for victory, KKR were blown away by Rashid’s brilliance. He first smashed a whirlwind 10-ball 34 to pull SRH out of a hole before returning spectacular figures of 3/19 in four overs. Rashid gave away just three runs in the first over and accounted for Robin Uthappa (2) in the very first ball of his second over. The 19-year old then trapped KKR’s highest scorer Chris Lynn (48) in front to reduce KKR to 108/5 from 93/2 in 10 overs. In his last over, Rashid outfoxed Andre Russell (3) with a superb googly which the batsman tried to cut but ended up giving Shikhar Dhawan an easy catch at first slip.
Shreyas Gopal – 4/16 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The young Karnataka leg spinner spun a web around a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up with a brilliant four for 16, helping Rajasthan Royals to stay alive for the a play-offs berth at the that time. Defending a total of 164, RR’s offspinner Krishnappa Gowtham (1/6) bowled intelligently with the new ball and had Virat Kohli clean bowled in his second over before AB de Villiers (53 from 35) and Parthiv Patel (33) put the chase back on track.But Shreyas hurt RCB badly when he broke the half-century stand by having Patel stumped and then caught Moeen Ali off his own bowling in the ninth over. He scalped his third when De Villiers was stumped by Heinrich Klaasen. Shreyas bowled a total of 10 dot deliveries and before finishing off his impressive spell he added his fourth in the form of Mandeep Singh.
Lungisani Ngidi – 4/10 vs Kings XI Punjab
Playing only his fifth IPL match, South African Lungisani Ngidi made a huge impact in the final league match of the tournament. With KXIP needing a win to have a chance to qualify for the play-offs they would have hoped their openers – Chris Gayle and KL Rahul – to click; but Ngidi had both Gayle and Rahul packing inside the powerplay overs. Gayle (0) was caught behind, while Rahul shouldered arms to a peach of delivery that swung in and sent the stump kart-wheeling. His first spell read 2-1-1-2. He came back for his second spell and stifled KXIP momentum with a double-wicket over, going on to concede just nine more runs in the remaining two overs.
Ankit Rajpoot – 5/14 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
In his third game, the tall and strapping Ankit Rajpoot smashed the KXIP’s previous record for best figures, taking 5/14 against Sunrisers Hyderabad to restrict them to 132/6. Unfortunately, he ended up on the losing side but the 23-year-old showcased his skills at the highest level. Rajpoot handed SRH skipper Kane Williamson a rare duck before squaring up Shikhar Dhawan with an away swinger. He followed up with the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha. In his second spell, he claimed two more wickets in the last over, cleaning up Manish Pandey with a yorker and then got rid of Mohammad Nabi.
Umesh Yadav 3/23 vs Kings XI Punjab
In a stunning display of fast bowling, India international Umesh Yadav wreaked havoc with short-pitched deliveries that got the big wickets of KL Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle (14), before coming back to get rid of Andrew Tye as KXIP were bowled out for 88. RCB cantered home with a 10-wicket victory as Umesh finished with 4-0-23-3.