Hasaranga’s 4-wicket haul forces KKR collapse

Mumbai, Mar 30 (UNI): Wanindu Hasaranga’s sharp bowling helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 128 all out in the 6th game of Tata IPL being played at Brabourne Stadium here on Wednesday.

Hasaranga, who was picked by RCB for a whopping sum of Rs 10.75 crore in this year’s mega auction, paid back the owners in kind by picking up four wickets, and at one stage he was on a hattrick. His victims were some of the greats in cricket, including KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer.


Hasaranga dismissed the dangerous Narine before sending Saurashtra keeper Sheldon Jackson back to the pavilion. His last victim was Tim Southee.

Harshal Patel was brought in the 12th over and he bowled two consecutive maiden overs to start his spell and took a wicket in each over as well. KKR began in a dismal manner after they were invited to bat first by RCB Skipper Faf du Plessis.

They lost Venkatesh Iyer 10 (14), Ajinkya Rahane 9 (10) and Nitish Rana 10 (5) in powerplay. Soon Shreyas departed after making 10 off 10 balls.

Narine and Jackson failed to do much as well, as KKR were 6 down for 67 after 9 overs. Sam Billings also departed cheaply on 14 off 15 balls. Andre Russell smacked some big hits, but managed 25 off 18 balls. A cheeky 27-run stand between tailenders Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy took them to near the 130-mark.

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