Bhanuka Rajapaksa IPL: The ongoing match 8 of IPL is taking place between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Shreyas Iyer-led side bossed the first innings as bowlers troubled batsmen with their line and lengths.
Asked to bat first, Punjab Kings had a horrendous start as they lost skipper Mayank Agarwal in the first over of the match. However, after that Sri Lankan batsman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa shifted the momentum towards his side.
Batting against Shivam Mavi in the fourth over of the match, Rajapaksa took the pacer to the cleaners and smashed him for three consecutive sixes. Notably he hit a boundary on the first ball and then smashed maximums.
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The southpaw smashed 22 runs in the 4 balls but the pacer fired back and took his revenge on the fifth ball and removed him. Rajapaksa played a cameo of 31 runs in 9 balls and provided his team the momentum.
Here’s the video:
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The cameo by Bhanuka Rajapaksa didn’t do any wonders to Punjab Kings as after that they suffered a massive collapse and were reduced from 43/2 to 102/8. The likes of Umesh Yadav (4/23) and Tim Southee (2/36) wrecked havoc and made PBKS batsmen looked clueless.
Odean Smith and Kagiso Rabada then led the rescue charge for his side and after 18 runs but it was only a matter of time till the South Africa was removed by Andre Russell and then Arshdeep Singh was run out as KKR restricted PBKS to the total of 137 runs.
Rajapaksa top-scored for his team with 31 runs with Kagiso Rabada being the second highest run-getter with 25 runs .
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