Wanindu Hasaranga rose to the top of the Purple Cap race with 2 wickets against PBKS.© BCCI/IPL
On Friday, Sri Lankan leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga took the lead in the race for the Purple Cap in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with his two wickets against the Punjab Kings for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is tied with Yuzvendra Chahal at 23 wickets but has a better save rate so far this season. Fellow countryman and IPL veteran Lasith Malinga took to Twitter to congratulate him and went on to say that it will be a battle between “the two masters of spin” for the purple cap – which is given to the highest IPL ticket clerk. – This year.
“Congratulations on the purple cap @Wanindu49. Really happy to see the Sri Lankan players score once again in the IPL,” tweeted Malinga who is currently the Rajasthan Royals fast bowling coach.
Congratulations on the purple cap @Wanindu49
Really happy to see Sri Lankan players scoring IPL once again.
— Lasith Malinga (@ninety9sl) May 13, 2022
Chahal, who was signed by the Royals before this season and was teammate with Hasaranga at RCB for the second half of IPL 2021, responded to the tweet with two heart emojis.
Both Hasaranga and Chahal have been in fine form this season, providing their teams with crucial breakthroughs. The duo have won five wickets each this season, with Chahal also securing a hat-trick.
Chahal got his five-wicket shot against Kolkata Knight Riders which included his first IPL hat-trick. Hasaranga took all five of his wickets in RCB’s win over SunRisers Hyderabad.
Chahal was with RCB for several years before being bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 6.50 crore. Hasaranga, meanwhile, sparked a major bidding war and was eventually bought by RCB for Rs 10.75 crore.
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