Despite the on-field rivalry, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad share a great off-field rapport and Shikhar Dhawan’s latest Twitter post is a testament to that fact. Dhawan, who is known to share a strong bond with his former Sunrisers teammates Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi hailed the duo for playing competitive cricket during the holy month of ‘Ramadan’. The Afghan duo participated in the crucial clash against Delhi Capitals in the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday. Also Read - ICC T20I Rankings 2021: Virat Kohli Climbs to 6th Spot, KL Rahul Retains Second Position in Batsmen's Tally
Riding on Rishabh Pant’s brilliance, Delhi clinched the thriller by 2 wickets to book a ticket for Qualifier 2 versus Chennai Super Kings on Friday (May 10). Dhawan posed for a photo with Rashid and Nabi and lauded them for giving their everything in the high-voltage clash at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Also Read - David Warner Admits Rushing Injury Return For India Test Series Was a Mistake
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With the bat, Dhawan did not contribute much with as he departed after scoring just 17 runs off 16 balls in DC’s successful run chase. However, he and Prithvi Shaw got Delhi off to a perfect start with the latter trying to play the role of the attacker.
On the other side, both Rashid and Nabi have contributed for Hyderabad with their top game in the ongoing 12th edition of T20 extravaganza. All-rounder Nabi delivered with the bat playing the perfect cameo scoring 20 runs off 13 balls including three fours and one six during the Eliminator. The 34-year-old helped Hyderabad post a fighting total with few fireworks towards the end of the innings.
Rashid was the first to reply to Dhawan’s tweet “Brother thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. Always good to see you and catch up! Keep smiling as always and hope to see you soon!”
In the Eliminator clash versus Delhi, 20-year-old Rashid bagged a golden duck in the final over. However, the leggie made it count with the ball by picking up two crucial wickets of Colin Munro and Axar Patel in one over to put DC on the backfoot. He bowled a double wicket-maiden over in the 15th over of Delhi’s innings putting pressure on Rishabh Pant and the lower batting order.