Royal Challengers Bangalore played a nail-biting thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday but finally pulled off a stunning victory by 3 wickets in a reasonably low score game, courtesy Dinesh Karthik’s match-winning six. RCB put on a brilliant show from the start of the game as KKR’s batting line-up crumbled down in front of an impressive bowling lineup of the Bangalore-based franchise.
Sri Lanka spin sensation Wanindu Hasaranga was a show stopper of the day as he hunted down four KKR batters in the game to restrict the Knight Riders at 128-10 in 20 overs. Hasaranga was bestowed with Player of the Match post-RCB victory and was highly applauded for his incredible performance.
While Hasaranga shone with the ball, his style of celebration after picking wickets grabbed a lot of limelight and became the talking point during the game. Post-match presentation, leggy informed that he imitates Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr’s trademark celebration as the footballer is his favourite player.
“I admire Neymar a lot, and that is his celebration which I do”, said the Sri Lanka cricketer. Hasaranga further added that he does not take any pressure in the game and likes to play with a free mind.
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Notably, Hasaranga is not the only player seen copying footballers’ celebrations. Md. Siraj impersonates Ronaldo’s ‘siu’ celebration and several other cricketers imitate other football players celebration. Hasaranga also got a lot of recognition from Shreyas Iyer, one of his victims in the match. KKR skipper lauded the leggy, saying, “Initially, I was able to read him well, and we decided him to play as an off-spinner, but unfortunately, he bowled really good lines and lengths..”
Hasaranga finished the game with impressive numbers as he conceded just 20-runs in four overs while picking four crucial wickets. He maintained a remarkable economy of 5 in the game. RCB will next take on Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 5.