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Cheers for Afghan teenager Rashid after superb showing

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan saw cricket fans in India pleading for him to be awarded citizenship after the 19-year-old single-handedly carried Sunrisers Hyderabad into Sunday’s Indian Premier League cricket final.

Rashid smashed an unbeaten 34 off 10 balls to lift Hyderabad’s innings to 174 for seven before leaving the Kolkata Knight Riders spellbound with his fast leg-spinners, claiming 3-19 in his four overs.

If that was not enough, Rashid was also involved in a run out and then took two catches while fielding close to the boundary rope in the last over as his team won by 14 runs and advanced to the final against Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

His performance left many impressed fans in the cricket-mad nation demanding on social media that he be awarded Indian citizenship, though the comments got a swift response from Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani.

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