Sunrisers Hyderabad finally got back to winning ways as they beat the table-toppers and defending champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday. Post the game, two of the best world-class spinners Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan were seen having a chat with each other. Both the leg-spinners had taken two wickets each. Rashid's bowling figures were 2-17 in his four overs at an economy of 4.25 with two big scalps of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav while Tahir also chipped in with two wickets by giving away 20 runs in four overs at an economy of 5.00.
Tahir and Rashid who are fierce competitors on the field and bamboozle the best batsmen with their googlies were seen having a discussion about each other's way of celebration after picking up a wicket. Tahir first asked about Rashid Khan's way of celebrating by moving his index finger whenever he dismisses a batsman. Rashid replied that he only celebrates in that way if a batsman is bowled or caught but he could not celebrate in his unique style as both the wickets that he got were LBW's. At that same time the young Afghan all-rounder also went on to add that his nephews love the way that he celebrates. Tahir then complimented Rashid and said that may the almighty give you enough chances to celebrate but the South African leg-spinner requested him not to celebrate against Chennai.
Rashid then asked Tahir about his unique style of celebration after he picks up a wicket (Sprinting with both his arms up in the air). Before giving a reply, Tahir first thanked the almighty for giving him a chance to play in one of the world-class leagues and then ent on to say that he feels happy to compete against the world-class spinners which he expresses in his celebrations.
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Chennai Super Kings had won the toss and elected to bat first. Suresh Raina was CSK's stand-in captain as MS Dhoni was rested for this match due to a back spasm. The defending champions got off to a flying start as openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis added 79 runs for the first wicket. However, once both were dismissed in quick succession, CSK batsmen could not offer much resistance as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. However, some late resistance from Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja helped CSK get to a respectable total of 132/5 in their 20 overs. Shane Watson was the top-scorer for CSK. He played a solid cameo of a 31-ball 45.
In reply, SRH got to the target in the 17th over riding on the half-centuries of openers David Warner (51) and Jonny Bairstow's unbeaten 61.