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IPL 2019: Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden Gardens

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Kuldeep Yadav was a broken man after Moeen Ali hit him for 3 sixes and 2 fours in his final over during the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Kuldeep gave away 27 runs in the over but dismissed Moeen on the final ball of his spell.

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Kuldeep Yadav, who has had a nightmarish 2019 IPL campaign, finished with forgettable figures of 1 for 59 off his 4 overs. This is now the joint-most expensive spell by a spinner in IPL history. What followed after the end of his final overs would have broken the hearts of even the RCB fans - Kuldeep, talked up by Virat Kohli as a major threat in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, broke down.

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Kuldeep Yadav was distraught and his eyes welled up as he crouched to recover from Moeen Ali's furious assault. Nitish Rana went up to console Kuldeep but he was clearly distressed even as he took his position near the boundary ropes.

In 9 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Kuldeep Yadav has picked up only 4 wickets at an average of 71.50. Over the last year, Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal have been India's first choice spinners in the shorter formats. Chahal watched from the RCB camp as Moeen Ali took Kuldeep Yadav to the cleaners.

Kuldeep Yadav had recently told India Today he starts to doubt himself when he does not pick up wickets for his team like in the IPL.

"If you look at this IPL, I am not getting as many wickets as expected and then you start doubting yourself but I think the others are playing safe and they don't want to give me wickets," Kuldeep said.

Kuldeep Yadav, a talented chinaman bowler, admitted the Eden Gardens pitch wasn't very helpful for spinners but even he would not have imagined going for 59 runs in 4 overs.

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(Video by ESPN Cricinfo)

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