IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB: Mohammed Siraj bowled back-to-back wicket-maidens against Kolkata Knight Riders.© BCCI/IPL
Mohammed Siraj has become the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in the same Indian Premier League (IPL) match. He returned figures of three wickets for no runs from his first two overs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. Siraj rattled KKR in the first four overs of their innings as he dismissed opener Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton in his first two overs without conceding a run off the bat. He gave away a run only in his third over and finished his first spell of three overs with figures of 3-2-2-3.
WATCH – Siraj picks 2 in 2
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KKR won the toss and elected to bat and they were rattled by Siraj’s lengths and his consistently hitting the channel outside off as their top order collapsed like a pack of cards.
Tripathi (1) was caught behind by AB de Villiers off the third ball of the second over of the innings and Rana (0) was bowled by a perfect inswinger on the very next ball.
Tom Banton foiled Siraj’s hopes of a hat-trick but the England batsman could not last long as Siraj got him caught behind as well for 10.
KKR were 3 for 3 in the fourth over when Shubman Gill holed out to Chris Morris off Navdeep Saini for one run and Banton’s dismissal meant they slid to 14 for 4 in the fourth over.
Siraj has 34 IPL wickets from 30 matches at 27.94 and a economy rate of 9.13 with best figures of 4 for 32.
RCB are placed third on the points table with 12 points from nine matches while KKR are fourth with 10 points.
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