Dubai Capitals and Zimbabwe player Sikandar Raza did an MS Dhoni in the ILT20 2024 game against Desert Vipers. In the game, the home team, Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl first. With the bat, the 2023 finalists had a great start with former England international Alex Hales and Phil Salt putting together 66 runs in 4.2 overs.
After the wicket of Salt, Hales and Dan Lawrence added another 34 runs in 3.5 overs. After this partnership was broken, the team lost their way. At one point, they were 107/3 in 9.5 overs, the team ended up getting only 171/7 at the end of the innings. Olly Stone and Roelof van der Merve took two wickets each.
In reply, the home team had a poor start as they lost the wicket of Max Holden in the second over. After his wicket, Ben Duck was sent in as an impact player. He got out in the next over to former Pakistan international Mohammad Amir. At 32/2, the likes of skipper Sam Billings and Raza put together 79 runs for the fourth wicket.
The latter stayed till the end although both players scored a fifty each. Meanwhile, on the last ball, the Zimbabwe international needed to score a six to win the game. The right-hander did the same and became the hero of the team.
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Need six runs off the last ball of the game to win and keep your team in the tournament? Who do you call?— Adam Theo🇿🇼🏏 (@AdamTheofilatos) February 9, 2024
I knew the bowler wouldn't bowl short: Sikandar Raza
The last over was bowled by Ali Naseer needed to defend 13 runs for the Vipers.
"I said to myself, I don't think he'll go short. I'll hold my ground, and if he goes slow into the wicket I'll take it on. He bowled fantastically well, the lessons and confidence and character for a 19-year-old to bowl the 20th over. I'm sorry for him but we needed this win more! Faith keeps me strong, I bowl hard in the nets, power-hitting. I do the hard work because results are not in my control," Player of the Match Raza said.