Mohammed Siraj wrote his way into history books by bowling two maidens in a row in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). No player has ever bowled two maidens in a single IPL match but Siraj bowled two maidens in a row and of his first two overs as well.
In his very first over, Siraj had Rahul Tripathi edge one to the keeper. And in the very next ball, he dislodged Nitish Rana‘s stumps. The over ended in a maiden and in the following over he had Tom Banton nick one to the keeper again. The KKR batsmen had no clue on how to score against Siraj’s hostile spell. Siraj returned for a fourth over at the death after an initial spell of three overs and finished with figures of 3-8.
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Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, KKR kept losing wickets at regular intervals from the very beginning. They were reduced to 3 for 3 in 2.2 overs and then 32 for 5 in 8.4. Captain Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins then tried to rebuild but Cummins succumbed to Chahal to leave KKR reeling and tottering before his skipper joined him as well. KKR then huffed and puffed to a score of 84-8 which ultimately didn’t prove to be enough as RCB chased down the target with ease.
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