The batters of Royal Challengers Bangalore overcame some nervous moments after leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga made his way to a four-wicket haul to post a three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a low-scoring IPL match here on Wednesday. Hasaranga lived up to his price tag of Rs 10.75 crore when his four wicket burst helped RCB sack KKR for 128. The Sri Lankan was ably supported by Akash Deep’s tempo trio (3/45), Harshal Patel (2/11) and Mohammed Siraj (1/25) after RCB won the toss and chose to bowl here at DY Patil Stadium.
In response, Shelfane Rutherford (28), David Willey (18) and Shahbaz Ahmed (27) played crucial innings as RCB survived some anxious moments before going over the goal to score 132 for 7 in 19.2 overs after Tim Southee (3 /20) and Umesh Yadav (2/16) blew away their top order.
Yadav and Southee troubled the top-ranking batters with their pace and bounce, leaving RCB at one point at 17 for 3.
While Anuj Rawat (0) got a big perimeter from Umesh, Faf Du Plessis (5) got a lead over the pointfielder and Virat Kohli (12) paid the price for knocking off the body.
Willey and Rutherford then tried to rebuild the chase with a score of 45 runs, but Sunil Narine broke the partnership in the 11th over for letting the first catch at midwicket.
Shahbaz came to the crease and pulled Andre Russell for two maximums while RCB amassed 15 runs to relieve the pressure.
Shahbaz needed 36 from 30 balls and hit another six from Chakravarthy before being tricked by the bowler when RCB dropped to 101 for 5.
As the pressure mounted, Rutherford went for a slog, but was caught behind Southee.
Harshal Patel needed 17 from the last two overs and hit two fours, while Dinesh Karthik (14 not out) shot a six and a four into the first two balls from the last left to take the team home.
Previously, KKR batters struggled with the extra bounce and went for too many shots despite losing wickets at regular intervals.
None of the batters could take advantage of the starts, as KKR lost six wickets for 57 runs and dropped from 44 for 3 to 101 for 9 in 14.3 overs.
Great West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell was the highest scorer for KKR with an 18-ball of 25, while Umesh Yadav (18) and Varun Chakravarthy (10) added 27 runs, the fourth-highest score for the 10th wicket in the IPL. history, to give some respect to the total.
Venkatesh Iyer was the first to be fired with Akash Deep hitting on his first delivery, while Ajinkya Rahane’s shaky start ended when he went out in the fifth over to Siraj as KKR slid back to 32 for 2.
Nitish Rana also died quickly while David Willey produced a stunning catch as KKR dropped to 44 for 3 in the first six overs.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer then paid the price for an irresponsible shot, hitting straight to Du Plessis at long-on for Hasaranga’s first wicket.
Despite the match situation, West Indian all-rounder Sunil Narine went for his shots, sending Akash Deep into the middle before hitting him for maximum.
Hasaranga, however, came back to strike twice in two balls as KKR dropped to 67 for 6 in 9 overs.
While Narine eventually gave the point fielder an easy catch, Sheldon Jackson was cleared with a ripping googly.
Surviving an LBW roll call in his first pass, Sam Billing hit a six before returning to the cabin with a misguided pull that held Kohli well for a long time.
Russell then hit three sixes and a four before taking Patel to Karthik, while Tim Southee mis-timed one to Du Plessis to become Hasaranga’s fourth victim.