'Can't believe it': Cricket world erupts over Rashid Khan moment

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Rashid Khan, pictured here after blasting three sixes to win the game for Gujarat Titans against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rashid Khan blasted three sixes to win the game for Gujarat Titans against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Image: IPL

Rashid Khan has sent the cricket world into pandemonium with an incredible match-winning knock for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL.

Gujarat needed 22 off the final over to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, and Rashid needed 15 off the final four deliveries when he got on strike.

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The Adelaide Strikers star isn't exactly known for his batting abilities, but the Afghanistan hero stunned the cricket world with three sixes to win the game.

Rashid smacked left-arm fast bowler Marco Jansen for three maximums off the final four deliveries, including one off the final ball with three required.

His match-winning heroics not only carried Gujarat to 199-5, but also overshadowed fast bowler Umran Malik’s maiden five-wicket haul.

Hyderabad’s total of 195-6 revolved around half centuries from opening batter Abhishek Sharma (65) and Aiden Markram (56) after Gujarat won the toss and elected to field.

Shashank Singh (25 not out) gave Hyderabad the perfect finish to their innings with three-successive sixes off Lockie Ferguson’s last three balls as the New Zealand fast bowler conceded 25 runs off the final over.

Malik then demolished Gujarat's top-order with his fearsome yorkers that included the wicket of top-scorer Wriddhiman Saha (68), who was clean bowled off a delivery which was clocked at 153 km/h.

Malik regularly clocked over 140 km/h during his fearsome four-over spell as he knocked back the stumps of David Miller and Abhinvav Manohar on his last two deliveries that left Gujarat needing 56 runs off the last four overs.

The 22-year-old Malik struck hard on the right shoulder of Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya off the first delivery he faced, before Pandya mistimed a pull shot and was caught in the deep in the fast bowler’s second over.

Rashid Khan, pictured here after winning the game for Gujarat Titans in the IPL.
Rashid Khan celebrates after winning the game for Gujarat Titans. Image: IPL

But Rahul Tewatia, who made an unbeaten 40 off 21 balls, and Rashid turned the game on its head.

Tewatia hit Jansen for six on the first ball of the final over before giving the strike to Rashid with a single.

The leg-spinner hit a six on the third delivery of the over, before a dot ball and then two more boundary-clearing blasts.

“I was just trying to play my game and have the belief in my batting which I’ve been working on the last two years,” Rashid said after the game.

“When it was 22 left, I just told Tewatia that we have given 25 in the last over with our best bowler Ferguson.

"We just have to have that belief in ourselves … and luckily we had those four sixes.”

Cricket world erupts over 'insane' Rashid Khan heroics

Rashid's heroics were even more remarkable considering his nightmare day with the ball.

The T20 specialist appeared out of sorts as he returned figures of 0-45.

Hyderabad had won five games in a row while successfully chasing down targets, but have lost their other three games this season after batting first.

“It was a fantastic game of cricket that ebbed and flowed throughout the whole 40 overs really,” Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson said.

“Credit to Gujarat, they played outstandingly well.

"They’re a side that are winning some of those fine margins at the moment and credit to where they are on the table.”

The cricket world was left in disbelief over the 'insane' scenes.

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