Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is excited for his third IPL final after SRH won a nail-biter against Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2.
Hyderabad won by 13 runs to reach their second IPL final. Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan showed all-round performances in the do-or-die game. Rashid was the star with his 10-ball 34* and 3/19 in four overs.
Shakib contributed 28 off 24 when his side was in trouble. He was in a lean patch with the bat before this game. He also bowled well for his 1/16 in three overs. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was his scalp. He was awarded ‘Stylish Player of the Match’.
Sunrisers will take on two-time winners Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede on May 27. Shakib expects a great final with MS Dhoni’s team.
“Third time I’ll be playing in an IPL final. Thanks to the franchise for playing me in all games. Some games we didn’t do our best, but a good tournament overall for Sunrisers. We always knew you can lose in the last two-three overs in T20s, momentum changes. We had to hold our nerves, but we used our experience from the other day,” he said.
“Carlos will be a happy man, the way we lost that day, he thought it was because of him. The way he came back today was terrific. Chennai is a great side, it’ll be a great final. In the middle overs where Rashid and I bowled, we squeezed the game. That was the turning point,” he concluded.
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Shakib previously played in 2012 and 2014 finals for KKR and won both of them.