From hospital bed to hero: Christian unstoppable for Renegades

From hospital bed to hero: Christian unstoppable for Renegades

Nothing was going to stop Dan Christian.

Not wily leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Not towering paceman Billy Stanlake.

Dan Christian and Mohammad Nabi celebrate the Renegades’ win.Credit:AAP

The escalating asking rate was never a concern for Christian, who has thrived as a Twenty20 specialist with the Renegades, Notts Outlaws (England) and Jozi Stars (South Africa) after giving away four-day cricket at the end of last summer.

"Once it [the required rate] gets up around 15-16 [per over] you start to panic a bit but anything under 12 we were pretty confident we could get," he said.

"You only need one boundary an over and to run really well.

"You'll generally get a big over anyway – we were lucky enough it was the 19th."

Mohammad Nabi was in scintillating form.Credit:AAP

Khan could do nothing but crack a wry smile when fellow Afghani Nabi smashed him over his head for a straight six.

It was the early stages of the match-winning, unbroken 96-run partnership in eight overs between Nabi and Christian.

Rashid was the best bowler for either team by several lengths, snaring 2-13 off his four overs.

Nabi’s six off Rashid’s full offering was the leggie’s only blemish for the night – and both of them knew it.

The Strikers’ Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers.Credit:AAP

‘‘He [Nabi] said, 'You bowled the wrong one and I hit it’,’’ Rashid said with a laugh.

‘‘I just said, 'I bowled it a bit fuller, that’s why you did it’. It was fun.’’

Earlier, a pair of masterful googlies bamboozled Sam Harper and Cameron White, who were both trapped leg-before in Rashid’s second over which stalled the Renegades’ progress momentarily.

The top-order pair were expertly set up, cat-and-mouse style, by the wily wrist spinner.

‘‘I tried to bowl initially a few legspinners, then bring in the wrong ’un,’’ said Rashid, who is closing in on 100 Twenty20 wickets this calendar year.

‘‘I had this plan in my mind and it worked.''

Not even a noticeably short 55-metre square boundary on the members’ side spooked Rashid, like it appeared to some of his contemporaries.

‘‘Even when a mis-hit goes for six, I always back in myself and my good deliveries,’’ he said.

‘‘With a bad delivery, an 80-90m boundary can become short for you.

‘‘I keep in my mind to forget about the boundary, whether it’s short or long, I just need to bowl good deliveries.’’


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