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Sunrisers face Chennai as Shakib eyes third IPL title

  • Published at 11:01 pm May 26th, 2018

Shakib al Hasan this season played 16 matches for league table-topper Sunrisers and scored 216 runs, while with the ball, he bagged 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.87

Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan’s IPL T20 side Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Chennai Super Kings in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tonight.

The match begins at 7:30pm and Channel 9 will telecast it live.

Shakib in his seven seasons in the IPL has played two finals – both for his previous team Kolkata Knight Riders. In 2012, Shakib took a wicket and scored an unbeaten 11 runs to take Kolkata to their maiden IPL title, defeating Chennai. The scorecard does not justify Shakib’s contribution in the game but for those who remember – the left-handed batsman’s boundary in the last ball of the 19th over, a scoop shot, set the game up nicely for Kolkata.

Two years later, the maverick all-rounder shone brightly with the ball for Kolkata, who conceded 199 against Kings XI Punjab in Bengaluru. Shakib in the game was the most economical, giving away 26 runs in his quota of four overs but remained wicket-less. Chasing the massive target, Shakib had contributed 12 off seven balls before getting run-out.

Shakib this year got released by Kolkata and Sunrisers ended up roping in the Bangladesh stalwart from the players’ auction for just around $3,00,000 – one of the cheapest overseas buys of the season. Shakib has been playing in the IPL since 2011 and maintains a career economy rate in the competition of just over seven runs per over. His career batting average in the IPL is just over 20 at a strike rate of 130-plus.

“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,” said Shakib following Sunrisers’ 14-run win over Kolkata Friday in the second qualifier. 

"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,” Shakib added.

Shakib this season played 16 matches for league table-topper Sunrisers and scored 216 runs, while with the ball, he bagged 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.87.

Chennai and Sunrisers will come up against each other for the fourth time this season, this time for the title. Sunrisers and Chennai had finished the league stage as the top two teams. Chennai progressed directly to the final defeating Sunrisers in the first qualifier while Sunrisers had to defeat Kolkata in the second qualifier Friday night to make it to the grand finale.

2012 IPL T20 FINAL

Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR won by five wickets

Despite Chennai scoring 190/3 in 20 overs, Shakib gave away only 25 runs in three overs and picked up the wicket of Suresh Raina. While with the bat, Shakib scored a crucial unbeaten seven-ball 11, including a vital boundary, as Kolkata reached their target with only two deliveries to spare.

2014 IPL T20 FINAL

Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR won by three wickets

Punjab might have posted 199/4 in 20 overs, Shakib still managed to register brilliant bowling figure of 0/26 in his quota of four overs. In reply, Shakib smashed 12 off seven balls, featuring two important fours, as Kolkata reached their destination with just three deliveries in hand.