In Dream11 IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj on Wednesday created history by becoming the first player to bowl back-to-back maidens in the Indian Premier League. He achieved the feat during the IPL 2020 match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Siraj, who was picked in the place of Shahbaz Khan, wreaked havoc against the KKR batting as the pacer gave away no runs in his first two overs of the game and to top that, he also clinched three wickets in those two maiden overs.
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Bowling third ball of match’s second over, Siraj first got Rahul Tripathi caught behind for mere 1 run and quickly followed this up by rattling the stumps of Nitish Rana for a golden duck in the next delivery.
In his next over, Siraj removed Tom Banton as the Australian was caught behind at the third ball.
Talking about the match, Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal wreaked havoc in a stunning display of swing and spin bowling as Kolkata Knight Riders could just manage a paltry 84 for eight against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL 2020 game.
Siraj (4-2-8-3) ran through the KKR top-order to trigger a stunning batting collapse, while Chahal (2/15) stymied their revival hopes.
It is KKR’s second-lowest total after their 67 all-out against Mumbai Indians in 2008.
Playing without Windies star players Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, KKR struggled to get going after electing to bat and it was all over for them after skipper Eoin Morgan was dismissed by Washington Sundar for 30.
It was a masterstroke from skipper Virat Kohli to include Siraj in place of spinner Shahbaz Nadeem keeping in mind a fresh strip.
Siraj began with a double-wicket maiden over in which he dismissed opener Rahul Tripathi (1) and Nitish Rana (0) off successive deliveries.
He followed it up with another wicket-maiden over, getting rid of Tom Banton (10) in the process. His figures read an astonishing 2-1-0-3 at that time.
Tripathi nicked one straight back to AB de Villiers behind the stumps and in the next ball Siraj ran through the gates of Rana for a golden duck.
In his next over, he accounted for hard-hitting English batsman Tom Banton (10) with a scrambled seam delivery to cap the best ever opening two overs in the IPL.
In between, Navdeep Saini (1/23 from three overs) dismissed the in-form opener Shubman Gill (1) after the young opener mistimed a pull to be caught by Chris Morris as KKR looked in shambles with 14/4 inside four overs.
KKR had their most-experienced batsmen in Morgan and Karthik in the middle. But Chahal exposed latter’s woes against leg-spin bowling as he trapped him leg before following a successful review.