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SRH vs RCB: My Role As A Leg-Spinner Is To Take Wickets – Wanindu Hasaranga On His Man Of The Match Performance



Wanindu Hasaranga. Photo IPL

Wanindu Hasaranga was the Player of the Match for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium in the 54th match of the IPL 2022.

RCB had batted first after captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and received a huge blow upfront as Virat Kohli was dismissed off the first ball itself by J Suchith. But then skipper Faf du Plessis (73*) and Rajat Patidar (48) added 105 runs in 12.1 overs.

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After Patidar’s wicket, Glenn Maxwell made 33 in 24 balls, and RCB looked set for a score of around 170 runs. But Dinesh Karthik sprang into action as he smashed 4 sixes and 1 four in the 8 balls he faced and remained unbeaten on 30 as RCB finished on 192/3 in 20 overs.

Wanindu Hasaranga. Photo-BCCI
Wanindu Hasaranga. Photo-BCCI

In reply, Kane Williamson was run out of the first ball without facing the delivery of SRH innings. Rahul Tripathi made 58 in 37 balls, Aiden Markram made 21 and Nicholas Pooran made 19 as the rest of the SRH batting crumbled under the pressure of a poor start and excellent bowling from RCB.

I Am Happy Sri Lankans Are Doing Good This Year: Wanindu Hasaranga

Josh Hazlewood picked 2/17 in his four overs, but the best bowler and Player of the Match for his amazing bowling figures of 5/18 was Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga. He was at his premier best and dismissed the likes of Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, J Suchith, Shashank Singh and Umran Malik.

Wanindu Hasaranga. Photo-BCCI
Wanindu Hasaranga. Photo-BCCI

After receiving the Man of the Match trophy, Wanindu Hasaranga said:

“(On getting LBWs) I bowl wicket to wicket and I bowl leg spin and googly, that’s why I get most of my LBWs. Yes, my role is to be wicket-taker, especially being a leg-spinner. (On closing in on Yuzvendra Chahal), He is my very good friend. He supported me a lot last year. Five Sri Lankans are playing IPL this year and are doing very well and I am really happy for that.”

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