Royal Challengers Banglore‘s Wanindu Hasaranga has had a brilliant outing against SunRisers Hyderabad on Sunday as the leg-spinner took 5 wickets for 18 wickets. RCB won the match by 67 runs.

Contrary to Hasaranga’s mind boggling performance, India’s latest pace sensation Umran Malik failed to make a mark against RCB.

When he came to bowl his first over, Malik, the fastest bowler of IPL, conceded 20 runs as SRH suffered their fourth consecutive loss against RCB in Mumbai.

Talking about Malik’s failure against RCB, Hasaranga said that the team’s idea was to go after Malik up front and put early pressure on him.

“He (Umran Malik) bowled fast, a lot of back of the length deliveries. On this wicket, there was not much bounce, it was good to bat, so that’s why our batters took on him in the first over. He got under pressure after we scored 20 runs against him. That was the plan we had against him,” said Hasaranga.

Talking about his own Man of the Match award winning performance, the Sri Lankan youngster said a clarity of his role in the team is helping him in IPL 2022.

Hasaranga was picked by RCB for Rs 10.75 crore in the mega auction in February. He fully justified the price tag taking 21 wickets in 12 matches. He is now only the second bowler to take 20 wickets after Yuzvendra Chahal.

“I am a wicket-taking bowler and the team also thinks like that. I try to bowl a lot of dot balls and try to get wickets. That’s my role in the team,” Hasaranga said at the post-match media interaction.

“I’m really happy with my position right now. I try to take wickets in middle overs, and put pressure on the opposition,” said Hasaranga.

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The youngster also praised his fellow Sri Lankan teammates for doing well in IPL 2022.

“This year, four players from Sri Lanka are doing really well, especially Maheesh Theekshana (Chennai), Dushmantha Chameera (Lucknow) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Punjab). For us our three main bowlers playing in this IPL, that’s good experience for us when we go back to Sri Lanka,” he said.