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IPL 2022 RCB vs KKR: KKR Lost the Match by 3 Wickets
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IPL 2022 RCB vs KKR: KKR Lost the Match by 3 Wickets

On Wednesday at DY Patil Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore batters crushed some bold points after leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga reeled his way to a four-wicket haul to record a three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a low-scoring IPL match. 

Hasaranga lived up to his Rs 10.75 crore worth tag as his four-wicket blast allowed RCB to overlook KKR for 128. The Sri Lankan was well kept by the speed trio of Akash Deep (3/45), Harshal Patel (2/11), and Mohammed Siraj (1/25) after RCB won the toss and was selected to bowl at DY Patil Stadium.

In response, Sherfane Rutherford (28), David Willey (18), and Shahbaz Ahmed (27) played vital innings as RCB endured some tense points before repairing the mark, scoring 132 for 7 in 19.2 overs after Tim Southee (3/20) and Umesh Yadav (2/16) bumbled out their top-order.

Yadav and Southee disturbed the top-order batters with their speed and bounce, departing RCB at 17 for three at one set.

While Anuj Rawat (0) got a wide external boundary off Umesh, Faf Du Plessis (5) got a top border to the end fielder, and Virat Kohli (12) paid the price for playing away from the body.

Willey and Rutherford then tried to rebuild the hunt with a 45-run frame but Sunil Narine smashed the league in the 11th over as he had the former noticed at midwicket.

Arriving at the gather, Shahbaz pulled Andre Russell for two most as RCB collected 15 runs to reduce the anxiety.

Requiring 36 off 30 balls, Shahbaz smashed another six off Chakravarthy before being tricked by the bowler as RCB declined to 101 for 5.

With stress support, Rutherford went for a slog only to be caught behind Southee.

Requiring 17 off the last two overs, Harshal Patel struck two fours, while Dinesh Karthik (14 not out) hit a six and a four in the first two balls of the last over to take the team home.

Before, KKR batters worked with the additional bounce and went for shots too numerous despite losing wickets at frequent breaks.

None of the batters could capitalize on the starts as KKR lost six wickets for 57 runs to drop from 44 for 3 to 101 for 9 in 14.3 overs.

Big-hitting West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was the most elevated scorer for KKR with an 18-ball 25 while Umesh Yadav (18) and Varun Chakravarthy (10) counted 27 runs, the fourth-highest for the 10th wicket in IPL history, to deliver some decency to the total.

Venkatesh Iyer was the first to be discharged with Akash Deep crashing on his first delivery, while Ajinkya Rahane’s rocky opening finished when he was holed out in the fifth over off Siraj as KKR declined to 32 for 2.

Nitish Rana too passed fast with David Willey delivering a spectacular haul as KKR declined to 44 for 3 in the first six overs.

Skipper Shreyas Iyer then paid the price for an inconsistent shot, drilling directly to Du Plessis at long-on for Hasaranga’s first wicket.

Despite the match situation, West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine went for his shots, shipping Akash Deep across mid-off back top-edging him for a most.

Yet, Hasaranga came back to hit twice in two balls as KKR slipped to 67 for 6 in 9 overs.

While Narine finished up giving an effortless catch to the end fielder, Sheldon Jackson was cleaned up with a ripping googly.

Sam Billing, who stayed an LBW attraction in his first ball, banged a six before causing his way around to the place with a miscued drag which was comfortably held by Kohli at long-on.

Russell then struck three sixes and a four before framing Patel to Karthik, while Tim Southee mistimed one to Du Plessis to evolve Hasaranga’s fourth target.

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