Before Sunday's game, Rashid Khan had dismissed Andre Russell three times in T20 cricket off 28 balls while conceding 48 runs. After bowling the seventh, ninth, and the 13th overs, Rashid was back into the attack for the 17th soon after Rahul Tripathi skied T Natarajan behind to Wriddhiman Saha.
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Vijay Shankar scores a boundary every 7.4 balls while Abdul Samad hits one every 4.3 balls (in a shorter T20 career). Samad had showcased his ball-striking ability last IPL on the larger grounds in the UAE, even taking on the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Anrich Nortje for sixes.
In IPL 2020, Nabi had got just one game in Abu Dhabi, where he came up against three left-handers in Kolkata Knight Riders' top five. On Sunday, Nabi was thrown into the Sunrisers' mix to counter a left-hander heavy Knight Riders batting line-up once again. West Indies allrounder Jason Holder could have given the Sunrisers another option had he been available for selection, but he was still stuck in quarantine.
In the lead-up to IPL 2021, Harbhajan Singh hadn't played competitive cricket for nearly two years. His last match was the IPL 2019 final for Chennai Super Kings in the pre-Covid times. Harbhajan will turn 41 this July, but Morgan tossed the new ball to him straightaway in the Knight Riders' defence of 187. This could have been down to his success against David Warner. Before this game, Harbhajan had bested Warner four times while keeping him to 133 runs off 107 balls in T20 cricket. Harbhajan drew a sliced drive from Warner first ball, but Pat Cummins dropped the catch at backward point.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo