Mohammad Siraj threw a sensational mantra, throwing two maidens in an IPL match without taking a single run by the wickets of KKR’s top-order Schupman Gill, Nitish Rana and Tom Ponton, Kolkata Knight Riders 84/8 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Today is the first time since April 2012 that Kolkata are playing with Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, who went missing in the eleven.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Abu Dhabi International Cricket Stadium. According to KKR, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi came out in the middle and started the action. Mohammad gave the new ball to Siraj, who took a wicket with his third ball, leaving Tripathi on a run.
Siraj gave another big blow to KKR and cleaned up their other bowler Nitish Rana for the first ball. Siraj failed to score a hat-trick but started with a double wicket maiden. KKR was now in early trouble as they had only 3 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Another Kolkata batsman bit the dust and at this point in the game the KKR batsmen seemed to be in a hurry to return to their dressing room. In an attempt to elevate the front of Schumann Gill, he reduced an attempt and Chris Morris grabbed it and helped Navdeep Saini get a wicket.
KKR had high hopes from young talented batsman Tom Ponton (10), but today the enthusiastic talent was only able to hit a four and a six – and became the fourth batsman to fall.
After taking 12 balls and three wickets for zero runs, Mohammad Siraj became the first bowler to bowl two maidens in an IPL match. RCB got off to a dream start, with Kolkata ending the Power Play at 17 for four – the lowest score in Power Play this season.
KKR was in big trouble with their two best batsmen, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik. Morgan and Dinesh Karthik started the reconstruction work for Kolkata, but KKR captain (4) failed to read a good spot from Yusvendra Sahal, who was caught in front of the wicket for the LPW out as the DRS came into effect.
In the end, KKR managed just 84/8 in the allotted 20 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (playing XI): Devadoot Padikkal, Aaron Pinch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sunder, Chris Morris, Mohammad Siraj, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yusvendra Sahal
Kolkata Knight Riders (playing XI): Subman Gill, Tom Panton, Nitish Rana, Eon Morgan (E), Dinesh Karthik (W), Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Lucky Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Praseeth Krishna, Varun Chakraborty