Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowling unit stepped up following a poor display in their first match. A united effort from both pacers and spinners alike helped the three-time finalists dismiss KKR for a paltry 128. Hasarange was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-20.
Wanindu Hasaranga wreaked havoc with the ball in the middle overs. Coming into bowl after the powerplay with KKR already three down, the spinner made an impact right away.
The Sri Lankan got the prized wicket of Shreyas Iyer after he holed out to long-on. He followed it up with the wicket of Sunil Narine.
Sheldon Jackson failed to read a googly and walked back to the pavilion for a golden duck to become Hasaranga’s third wicket. The marquee signing finished his spell with the wicket of Tim Southee to finish with figures of 4-20.
He rated Shreyas Iyer’s wicket as his favorite among the four scalps he claimed in the first innings. Hasaranga said:
“I am very happy to wear this (purple) cap. These kind of wickets are very good, straight boundaries are very small, I bowled my normal lengths today and tried to bowl dot balls and it worked well. (The wicket he enjoyed the most) Shreyas Iyer wicket. (On his couple of misfields) These things happen, dew also came in, very hard to field.”
Hasaranga was initially roped in by RCB in the 2021 IPL as a replacement player following his heroics in the home series against India. The franchise shelled INR 10.75 crore to buy him back at the auctions.
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