New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on Friday (April 9), playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Chennai.
Jamieson was one of RCB’s three debutants in the IPL 2021 opener at Chepauk after being bought by the popular franchise for a whopping sum of INR 15.00 crores at the auction in February.
In his very first game in RCB colours, Kyle Jamieson repaid the trust shown in him by the team’s think-tank and skipper Virat Kohli as he delivered an economical spell against an explosive MI batting line-up.
Jamieson, used mostly in the earlier part of the RCB bowling innings, gave away just 27 runs from his four overs and picked up the prized wicket of Suryakumar Yadav. He could’ve had another scalp through his spell had skipper Kohli not shelled out the catch of MI’s all-rounder Krunal Pandya.
Jamieson played his part in helping RCB restrict the power-packed MI batting unit to a score of 159/9 in their allotted 20 overs in the first half. The pacer used his height, pace and variations to good effect in order to keep a leash on run-scoring. It was a near-perfect first IPL outing for Jamieson, something he will never forget.
Kyle Jamieson registered bowling figures of 4-0-27-1 on his IPL debut
Yorker From Kyle Jamieson Breaks Krunal Pandya’s Bat In IPL 2021 Opener
The fourth over of Kyle Jamieson’s spell, which was the 19th of the RCB innings, turned out to be an eventful one. Soon after the Krunal drop catch, the bowler overstepped and went for a four on the free-hit. The third ball of the over, then, saw Jamieson nail his yorker and break Krunal’s bat in two halves.
It was a humorous sight, seeing Krunal left with only the handle of the bat in his gloves as he went for a big wild swing targetting the boundary, only for the willow to break and fall on the track.
While Krunal saw the funny side of things, Jamieson would’ve derived some joy out of it, as most fast-bowlers have done over the years whenever a batsman has lost his willow following the blow from their delivery.
After a good beginning, RCB will hope that Kyle Jamieson carries on his good work to the next match – on April 14 in Chennai versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – and deeper into the competition as well.