An ice-cool Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed a five-wicket haul to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
Bhuvneshawar starred with the ball, getting five wickets for 19 runs in four overs to keep Punjab at bay as Hyderabad managed to end a two-match losing run at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
After the end of the match, man-of-the-match Bhuvneshwar decided to take up another job. The medium pacer took the mike and interviewed the dynamic Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and former Afghanistan captain and allrounder Mohammad Nabi.
Chasing 160, Kings XI Punjab reeling at 62 five at the end of 10th over, with Bhuvneshwar doing the initial damage before the Afghanistan spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi took control of the proceedings.
The 'million dollar baby' Rashid conceded 19 runs in his first over and the dejection was clearly visible on his face.
"I was nervous after conceding 19 runs in my first over. I knew that I had bowled loose deliveries but was confident that I will bounce back," Rashid told Bhuvneshwar in a video interview on IPLT20.com.
Rashid was not to be left behind as the leg-spinner disturbed a clueless David Miller's leg stump to leave KXIP reeling at 62 for four in the 10th over.
And, two balls later, it became worse when Rashid sent back Wriddhiman Saha with a googly, this time hitting the off stump.
"I decided to bowl wicket to wicket and the plan was executed successfully. I will go with the same plan in the upcoming matches," Rashid said on his comeback.
On being asked about his strategy against a batsman, the spin sensation said: " My strategy is always to bowl just opposite of a batsman's mind. If a batsman tries to counter the googly, I try to bowl the legspinner as much as possible. This trick always helps me in getting wickets. I follow this strategy and the batsman gives his wicket automatically."
Nabi, making his IPL debut, was welcomed with a huge six by Eoin Morgan, and then Manan Vohra smashed Rashid Khan, the other Afghan playing in the cash-rich league, for 19 runs with the help of two boundaries and a six over deep midwicket.
It, however, did not take long for Nabi to leave an impression as he knocked over Morgan's middle stump to have the last laugh.
"I was under pressure as this was my first-ever IPL match. The pressure increased for me when my first ball was slammed for a six," Nabi told Bhuvneshwar in a video interview on IPLT20.com.
"Our team was 10-15 runs short and I had decided to deliver at any cost. I bowled wicket-to-wicket and that worked. This was my first match and will definitely do well in the coming matches," Nabi said.