After sitting on reserve seat in the first four matches, Afghan lad Mohammad Nabi joined players on the ground on Monday to mark his debut at the Indian Premier League.
Nabi went to the play with his countrymate Rashid Khan as their team Sunrisers Hyderabad, the defending champions, had two wins and two losses since the start of the season on April 5.
Sunrisers claimed another win as they beat King XI Punjabs by five runs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
After losing the toss, Sunrisers put up a total of 159-6, with skipper David Warner top scoring with 70.
Defending 160-run target, Sunrisers bowled out Kings XI Punjab in the last over as they needed five runs in two bowls, as Manan Vohra’s 95 went in vain.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar emerged as top wicket-taker, claiming five, followed by Rashid Khan who clean bowled David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha in three balls.
An over prior to Rashid’s heroics, Mohammad Nabi claimed crucial wicket of Eoin Morgan to celebrate his first wicket in the tournament. He conceded 28 runs in four overs he bowled.
"Wholeheartedly appreciate for all your generous support. Feeling grateful with Orange Army in 1st match of IPL," Nabi tweeted.
On the points table, Sunrisers Hyderabad stand third after Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
They will take on Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad in their next encounter on Wednesday.