Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar opined that although Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Josh Hazlewood won three wickets in the IPL 2022 Eliminator, it was Harshal Patel’s spell that made a big difference.
Bangalore defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 14 runs in Wednesday’s IPL 2022 Eliminator at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After Rajat Patidar’s ton (112* out of 54) raised her to 207 for four shots, Hazlewood (3/43) and Harshal (1/25) played with the ball to limit LSG to 193 for six.
Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo about Bangalore’s KO bowling performance:
“Josh Hazlewood picked up important wickets. When a bowler takes wickets, he has definitely contributed. But for me, Harshal Patel was the most impressive. LSG’s only major obstacle in the chase was Harshal Patel. He comes to bowl in the second half and although Lucknow was chasing, Harshal’s four overs remained. To have such a good odds (6.20) in such an important game despite throwing the hard overs, kudos to him.”
Hazlewood fired Manan Vohra (19) in his first term and returned to send back KL Rahul (79) and Krunal Pandya (0) from back-to-back deliveries. After conceding just eight runs in his first two overs, Harshal returned to bowl the 18th and 20th over, giving away just eight and nine runs, respectively. He also got the big scalp from Marcus Stoinis (9).
“Kudos to Wanindu Hasaranga for the big turning point” – Sanjay Manjrekar impressed with RCB leggie
Manjrekar also praised RCB legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga for showing courage under pressure and delivering the goods after being beaten for two sixes by Deepak Hooda. He described the scalp of the LSG star as the turning point in the chase. The 56-year-old explained:
“The partnership between KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda has been very impressive. The way they played they seemed to have everything under control. Kudos to Wanindu Hasaranga for the great turning point. He was beaten by Hooda for two sixes, but he bowled at the same length and flew one to clean up Hooda. As long as Hooda was there, beating Rahul in third gear was fine. When Hooda came out, it became very difficult.”
LSG skipper Rahul and Hooda came in for the third wicket in a 96 run streak. In the 15th over of the inning, Hooda hammered Hasaranga for two big sixes. However, the RCB leggie had his revenge as he slowed one and rolled the LSG batter as he attempted another big hit. After Hooda was fired, Lucknow’s innings lost momentum.
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