Mumbai, April 19: A brilliant five fer including a hat-trick by Indian underdog Yuzvendra Chahal after England’s Jos Buttler had blown a century helped Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs in an upside down encounter in IPL Match 30 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium here on Monday.
Chahal outshone a brilliant batting by Shreyas Iyer (85) and Aaron Finch (58) to claim his first IPL hat-trick. He fired Shreyas, Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins with successive deliveries in the 17th and turned the match around. Chahal finished at 5/40 in his four overs.
But there was some more drama in the match as Umesh Yadav and Sheldon Jackson dragged KKR to the brink of victory, 11 runs from the last six deliveries before they fell seven runs short in the edge-of-the-seat thriller. Yadav fired 19 of 20 runs on the 18th lap thrown by New Zealander Trent Boult as KKR’s hopes of a seemingly unlikely victory rose.
But both fell on the last over pitched by Obed McCoy, trying to look for victory when KKR finished their innings at 210 at 19.4 overs, falling short by 7 runs.
It looked like KKR was sailing to victory after starter Aaron Finch hit 58 of 28 balls quickly and captain Shreyas Iyer, who hammered 85 of 51 deliveries. Both Finch and Shreyas shared a 106-run partnership for second wicket in no time.
But Yuzvendra Chahal turned the match around by claiming the 21st hat-trick of the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he dismissed Shreyas Iyer, caught lbw trying to flog a delivery shot down the middle. In the next installment of 17, Chahal had Shivam Mavi caught by Riyan Parag and completed his hat-trick as Pat Cummins dropped back to Sanju Samson, coming out for a lengthy celebration. That completed a five-wicket run for Chahal, as he had previously claimed wickets from Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer – the pencil-thin roulette finishing with 5/40 of his four overs.
Just when it looked like Rajasthan Royals would end the innings with KKR needing 38 runs from 18 balls and two wickets in hand, Umesh Yadav fired 20 runs on the 18 over Trent Boult and boosted KKR’s hopes again.
He and Sheldon Jackson made what they needed to 11 with six balls, but were unable to complete the task as they were both eliminated in the last over brought down by Obed McCoy as the Knight Riders finished with 210, falling seven runs short.
Earlier, Buttler (103) scored his second IPL 2022 century and captain Sanju Samson (38) and Shimron Hetmyer (26 not eliminated) made vital cameos to help Rajasthan Royals post a massive 217/5 in 20 overs.
Buttler, opening the innings, shot nine bounds and five sixes on his 61-ball 103, while Samson shot a 19-ball 38 and Hetmyer scored sixes on back-to-back balls in the last over Andre Russell as Rajasthan Royals recorded a challenging total in a wicket where pursuit is expected to be easy due to dew.
Asked to bat first, Buttler shared vital partnerships of 97, for the opening wicket with Devdutt Padikkal, and 67 for second with captain Sanju Samson, who played an excellent 38-for-19-ball cameo, to put Rajasthan Royals in progress for a grand total.
This was Buttler’s second century in this IPL after he scored 100 on 68 balls against the Mumbai Indians on April 2. He joined an elite list of batsmen that includes the likes of AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Shane Watson and Shikhar Dhawan to score two centuries in an IPL edition. Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring four centuries in the 2010 edition of the tournament.
His brilliant batting and excellent bowling from Chahal and McCoy helped Rajasthan Royals record their fourth IPL 2022 win and move into second place in the table with eight points. KKR has six points from seven games.
Short scores: Rajasthan Royals 217/5 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 103, Sanju Samson 38; Shimron Hetmyer 26 no out; Sunil Narine 2/21) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 210 in 19.4 overs (Aaron Finch 58, Shreyas Iyer 85, Umesh Yadav 21; Yuzvendra Chahal 5/40, Obed McCoy 2/41) for 7 runs.