IPL 2022: Josh Hazlewood in action for RCB.© BCCI/IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Josh Hazlewood said the wicket was unsuitable for pace bowlers during the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten knock of 73 and Wanindu Hasaranga’s five-wicket-haul helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 67 runs at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Sweaty again, nice and warm. The wicket probably got drier as the match went on. As it was a day match, it deteriorated and we slowed down. Our spinners cast really well, we worked to a plan and hit it. ) is tough in these conditions with how sweaty everything is and when the dew comes in at night. It’s a tough skill, but it seems to be working out. Tonight’s wicket didn’t match the pace,” Hazlewood said in a post- competition presentation.
The pacemaker further commended his teammate Rajat Patidar for anchoring the innings with his 48-run battle against SRH.
“He (Rajat Patidar) has been fantastic, he’s been hitting really selflessly all the time. He’s been trying to take down the spinners. He’s been fantastic since he came in. It’s brought us deep,” Hazlewood said.
Chasing a challenging 193 SunRisers, Hyderabad got off to the worst possible start as skipper Kane Williamson for a golden duck when he was run off by Shahbaz Ahmed.
Aside from Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood took two wickets, while Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel each settled for one wickets, throwing SRH at 125.
RCB now face Punjab Kings for their next IPL 2022 clash, on May 13 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
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