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‘The number of games Wanindu Hasaranga has broken, talk about value for money’ – Twitter applauds RCB bowler’s five-for

Wanindu Hasaranga bowled a memorable four overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s game against them on Sunday afternoon. He bagged five wickets while conceding only 18 runs at a frugal economy rate of 4.5. His five-for helped ensure that SRH cpitaulated for 125 all out, handing RCB a 67-run win. His 5-18 are the second best figures by an RCB bowler in IPL history.

SRH never really recovered after losing both their openers for ducks in the first over of their innings, bowled by Glenn Maxwell. Kane Williamson was run out without facing a ball right off the first delivery, and Abhishek Sharma was bowled within the next three balls. No one from their batting order really got going, aside from Rahul Tripathi who impressed with his 37-ball 58. It was Josh Hazlewood who finally dismissed him in the 16th over, but aside from that it was all Hasaranga.

The Sri Lankan’s first wicket was the struggling Aiden Markram, who stayed at the crease 27 balls but could only score 21 runs. He broke the 50-run partnership that Markram had built beside Rahul Tripathi by cramping the batter for room around the stumps; Makram tried to sweep but picked out Virat Kohli at deep midwicket. Nicholas Pooran was the next to go, who’d just started looking dangerous after his quickfire 19 from 14 balls. He misread a googly, ended up top-edging it to third man and had to go with SRH reeling at 89-4.

Jagadeesha Suchith lost his balance and stepped too far out of his crease while failing to find the pitch of the ball, and was easily stumped by Dinesh Karthik in Hasaranga’s third over. Finally he returned to complete the last rites, picking up the wickets of Shashank Singh and Umran Malik in successive balls to leave SRH at 114-9. Harshal Patel took care of the last wicket with a full ball that Bhuvaneshaw Kumar tried to loft for six, but only picked out Faf du Plessis at the boundary rope.

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