ABU DHABI: Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj rolled over Kolkata Knight Riders’ top order with superb figures of 3-8 as Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded a resounding eight-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
Siraj’s impressive swing bowling saw Kolkata’s 20-over innings meakly folding at 84-8. Only captain Eoin Morgan showed some resistance with a top-score of 30.
Kolkata’s batting performance was only slightly better than its lowest-ever IPL score of 67 when it was bowled out by Mumbai Indians in 15.2 overs in 2008.
Bangalore eased to 85-2 with more than six overs to spare despite losing both openers – Aaron Finch (25) and Devdutt Padikkal (16) – in the seventh over.
Siraj became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl two maiden overs in a single game and at one stage his figures read 2-2-0-3 before he conceded eight runs in his next two overs.