RCB’s Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva grabbed headlines when he claimed the wicket of RR skipper Sanju Samson, sending him packing after scoring just 8 runs. Hasaranga bowled a topspinner that Samson didn’t quite pick, and he misread the flight. The ball rose more than he expected and Samson, trying to defend, ended up scooping it back into the air – and straight into Hasaranga’s waiting hands.
The wicket of Samson left Rajasthan Royals at 86 for 3 after 11.4 overs, and they needed quite a bit of work from their finishers to move their run-rate up past 7.5. Up until then, Jos Buttler had played a surprising circumspect hand, having put together 33 from 27 balls.
The scoring rate slipped further, with the usually unencumbered Shimron Hetmeyer taking a while to get going. Heading into the eighteenth over, he’d taken 21 balls to score 21 runs. He played a good knock, in the end, scoring 42 from 31, doubling his strike rate in the slog overs with lusty blows off Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj.
Jos Buttler however, proved that writing him was as silly a mistake as anyone could make. RR plundered 51 runs off the last three overs, courtesy of some clean hits from the unstoppable Buttler and Hetmeyer. The Englishman whacked four effortless sixes, two off Siraj and two off Akash Deep. He ended his innings at 70 from 47 at a strikerate of 148, astounding considering he scratched along at a run a ball for the first 40 deliveries he faced.
RR have set RCB total of 170 heading into the second innings.
Sri Lankan all-rounded Hasaranga de Silva was a huge buy at the auction for Royal Challengers Bangalore and possibly did not expect such a massive bid himself. Hasaranga set himself a base price of 1 crore, but after heavy bidding, he was eventually picked by RCB for 10.75, the most they spent on any player at the auction this year.
Hasaranga has an excellent record against Sanju Samson, having now dismissed him a total of four times, including in the T20Is during Sri Lanka’s recent tour of India.
Twitter reacts to Wanindu Hasaranga claiming Sanju Samson’s wicket
Samson fell to Hasaranga for fourth time in overall five innings.
Do you know whom I have dismissed the most number of times?
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 5, 2022
RCB don't have Chahal who has dismissed Samson 5 times, but they do have Hasaranga who has dismissed him 4 times.
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) April 5, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 5, 2022
Samson is officially Hasaranga’s bunny. 🐰
— Naveen Peiris (@_Naviya_) April 5, 2022
Things you'd find in Wanindu Hasaranga's pocket pic.twitter.com/rDTL6haSqO
— ° (@anubhav__tweets) April 5, 2022
Superb from RCB so far to keep Buttler silent. Hasaranga for two more overs to dismiss Buttler.
RR's game plan is forcibly 1D when it comes to batting this year – Buttler/Samson or preferably both bat deep. Here the onus is on the others to take risks, Buttler won't now#RRvRCB
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) April 5, 2022
10.75 crore worth it ! Keep going like this whole damn season Hasaranga ! pic.twitter.com/RxkB9N78Ef
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) April 5, 2022
Why would Hasaranga waste a review on Sanju, when he's in his pocket.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) April 5, 2022