Wanindu Hasaranga took 4-20 to set up a three-wicket victory for the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.
The Sri Lankan’s inspired spell of leg-spin helped bowl out Kolkata for 128, a total Bangalore overhauled with four balls to spare after some late drama at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
Fast bowlers Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav claimed five wickets between them to rattle the Bangalore top and middle order before Sherfane Rutherford’s 28 and an unbeaten 14 off seven by Dinesh Karthik got the team home.
Bangalore, led by new skipper Faf du Plessis, bounced back from their opening loss to register their first win of the 15th edition of the IPL.
Rutherford, a left-handed West Indies batsman, put on key partnerships including a 39-run stand with Shahbaz Ahmed, who made 27.
Southee took down Rutherford and then Hasaranga in one over to keep the game in the balance, but Karthik finished it off with a six and a four in the final over off Andre Russell.
Earlier Bangalore’s Akash Deep and fellow pace bowler Mohammed Siraj rattled the Kolkata top order.
Hasaranga soon combined to send back skipper Shreyas Iyer for 13 and then two successive scalps in one over as Kolkata slipped to 66-7.
Russell attempted to hit back with his 18-ball 25, but fell caught behind to medium-pace bowler Harshal Patel and Kolkata innings folded in 18.5 overs.
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