Virat Kohli (L), Shreyas Gopal (R). Photograph:( AFP )
Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a good start after being asked to bat first, but Shreyas Gopal's strikes pegged the visitors back.
Gopal, the 24-year-old Karnataka bowler, first removed Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (23) and the destructive AB de Villiers (13) in quick succession.
Gopal deceived Virat Kohli with his turn and clean bowled him. Then, in his next over, he forced AB to go back on his back foot and then spoon an easy catch back to him.
Shreyas Gopal has bowled to Virat Kohli twice in the IPL and dismissed him on both occasions. He has bowled to AB de Villiers on three occasions and has dismissed him on all three.
Gopal, one of the many upcoming cricketers from the domestic circuit, had pulled off exactly the same feat a year ago in an IPL 2018 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Gopal is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls leg spin. He played three ODIs for India’s under-19 cricket team in 2011.
Gopal, who has 183 wickets and 2,283 runs in 55 first-class cricket matches, is also a technically sound batsman.