Appanna credits Murali for his four-wicket haul

Royal Chhalengers Bangalore spinner K P Appanna has credited Muttiah Muralitharan for his match-winning four-wicket haul against Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match here.

Appanna said the Sri Lankan spin wizard's guidance was of great help to him last night. He also said that he is not overawed by the fact that while Muttiah Murlidharan was sitting out, he was getting the opportunity to represent RCB.

KP Appanna (extreme left) being congratulated by his RCB team-mates after claiming a RR scalp. Pic/AFP

"He (Murali) is a great bowler and he is sitting out only because we can play only four overseas players, but his contribution is there. He always guides me. In fact, he gave tips about how to bowl on this wicket," said the 23-year-old orthodox left-arm spinner, who ripped through the Rajasthan batting line-up with impressive figures of four for 19.

The bowler said though he cherished all his dismissals, the one of Owais Shah was his prized scalp. "Though I got four wickets, Owais Shah's was the prized one. It gave me satisfaction as he has been playing so well and I could deceive him with flight," Appanna said.

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