Dale Steyn provided the much needed boost for the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack in IPL 2019 as he replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has flown back to Australia after suffering a stiff back. Steyn’s last appearance in the IPL was in 2016 for the Gujarat Lions but he had played just one match for the franchise. The South African pacer had played for Royal Challengers between 2008 and 2010 in 28 matches and picked up 27 wickets before moving to Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Royal Challengers led by Virat Kohli have been languishing at the bottom of the table after going winless in their first six matches and their inability to pick up wickets with the new ball and at the death has been a massive concern for Virat Kohli and Co. While the Royal Challengers still stand a chance to make it to the playoffs of the tournament, Steyn’s return might just galvanize the team to go on a winning run.
Steyn had a pretty impressive return to the IPL, registering figures of 2/40 in his four overs while also picking up the important wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill in his spell. The South African speedster was once again on fire with the new ball in hand in the ongoing match against the Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, picking up two wickets in two balls to give the home side the advantage defending a below par total of 162.
Steyn sent back veteran all-rounder Shane Watson with a ripping outswinger on the fifth ball of the very first over. The ball took the outside edge of Watson’s blade and flew in the direction of Marcus Stoinis at first slip, who grasped it comfortably. The next ball to Suresh Raina was a toecrusher which sneaked in between the southpaw’s bat and pad to knock off his off stump. Facing only his first delivery, Raina was left clueless and had absolutely no answer to it as he gave the impression of being bewildered before departing for a golden duck.
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