Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) seamer Mohammad Siraj made the pinnacle of his career in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he took 8 wickets for his team on Wednesday against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.
DeRaway bowler threw an opening match and dropped the Kolkata Knight Riders top order with 3 quick wickets and kept his team in a successful position in the early stages of the encounter.
Siraj scored 3 for 8 in his 4 overs. RCB beat KKR by 8 wickets to finish second in the IPL 2020 points table ahead of Mumbai Indians.
Siraj, who made his bowling debut in season 13 in Abu Dhabi, sent back Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton to trigger a batting slump in the power play.
Siraj thanked his captain Virat Kohli for his performance in winning his matches, for expressing confidence in his abilities and for handing him the new ball in the power play.
“First I want to thank Allah for my performance. Then thanks to Virat for giving me the new ball. I have been training a lot with the new ball.
RCP captain Virat Kohli wanted to open the bowling with spinner Washington Sundar, but eventually gave the new ball to Mohammad Siraj
RCP captain Virat Kohli later revealed that he wanted to open the bowling with off-spinner Washington Sundar, but changed his mind and gave the ball to Siraj. The move proved to be a master stroke for RCB as it controlled KKR to a very low total this season.
“We didn’t plan on opening it, but when we went out, Virat Boy Mian said Ready Ho Zhao. [Sir, get ready.]. The ball was very good for Rana. I did exactly what I planned, ”Siraj said after receiving the player award.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first in Abu Dhabi, KKR were bowled out for 84 by 8 runs. Kohli & Co. Chasing the most lucrative target of 8 wickets in the 14th over, he won the 7th match of the season.