The battle between Gale and Rashid continues for only two deliveries, as the latter worked with his magic on the surface of Chepauk. Rashid, 22, fired Gail twice in an IPL in 29 deliveries. In T20 cricket, the Afghan sensation has chosen Gail’s goal four times in 56 balls.
Rashid has now fired Gail five times in T20 cricket. Only Harbhajan Singh (6) and Dwayne Bravo (7) fired him more in more cases.
“Undoubtedly he is one of the strikers of the ball, he can quite easily clear the line. As a bowler, when you are against dough like him, it is quite difficult to take it out, I will just try to do it basically the best.
“Put it in front of him in the right zones. As soon as you miss the line against that type of batsman, it’s very easy to get hit. You have to be more consistent and that’s what I mean in it for him. There’s a push on you like a bowling alley because you have to put him in the right zone, “said Rashid, facing Gail before the match.
After choosing to fight first, the Punjab Kings collapsed to the highest order when they lost KL Rahul (4) and Mayank Agarwal (22) in PowerPlay itself. Nicholas Pooran (0) and Gale (15) also failed to leave their mark, as Punjab-based equipment was shaken at 47/7 by the end of the ninth.
PBKS have won just one game so far this season, while SRH have lost all their games. While Punjab introduced two changes, Fabian Allen and Moises Henriques, the Hyderabad franchise decided to include Kane Williamson and Kedar jadhav in their Game XI.
“Kane Williamson is, he replaces Mujib (Mujib-ur-Rahman). (Abdul) Samad is out with a tendon pull, Cedar replaces him, Manish (Pandi) also misses, replaced by Siddhart Kaul,” said SRH doorman David Warner. .