Umesh Yadav has a dream IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders. After remarkable performances, especially with the new ball, in the first two matches, the veteran with the right-arm seamstress recorded an IPL record on Friday against the Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Umesh went past the likes of Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga, Dwayne Bravo to become the bowler with the most wickets against an opponent in the IPL. Umesh took four wickets that took his total score to 33 against PBKS in the IPL, which is the most taken by a bowler against an opponent in the cash-rich league.
Umesh’a teammate Sunil Narine was actually the first to the record on Friday when he reached his wicket number with 32 against the Punjab-based franchise in the 10th over before Umesh took his fourth wicket of the match a few overs later. to 33.
Lasith Malinga is shared third on the list with 31 wickets against the Chennai Super Kings. Dwayne Bravo also has 31 wickets but against the Mumbai Indians. Amit Mishra has 30 wickets against Rajasthan Royals.
Most wickets vs an opponent in the IPL
33 Umesh mot PBKS
32 Narine vs PBKS
31 Malinga vs CSK
31 Bravo vs MI
30 Amit Mishra vs RR
Umesh again gave the breakthrough early in the match and removed the opponent skipper Mayank Agarwal, who was found vertically in front after missing a fairly straight and full delivery in the first over of the match.
Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa (31 of 9) who had produced a match-winning knock in the first match, looked sensational at Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
During his short stay in the middle, the highest order hammered three fours and as many sixes, mostly towards the middle of the wicket area, which left the spectators in awe. His breathtaking effort was perhaps the only bright one in an otherwise overwhelming round.
Iyer impressed with his leadership. He took Umesh back in midfield to make sure there was no fightback from the Punjab. He also used a slip in the 15th over and was rewarded for it with Rahul Chahar’s wicket.
His new ball partner Tim Southee and KKR’s retained spinners Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine were also too good for the Punjab batsmen.
Liam Livingstone (19 of 16) was able to convert his start while India U-19 star Raj Angad Bawa got it tough for the second match in a row.
Kagisa Rabada (25 of 16), who played his first game of the season, saved the Punjab blushes by getting much-needed limits to take a total of close to 140.
(With PTI inputs)