Mumbai, April 19: Underdog Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed a hat-trick after England’s Jos Buttler had ruined a century as Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs in a reverse encounter in Match 30 of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium here on Monday.
Chahal outshone brilliant batting by Shreyas Iyer (85) and Aaron Finch (58) to claim wickets from Shreyas, Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins in successive deliveries in the 17th and turned the game around. He 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.
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 Chahal turned the match around by claiming the 21st Indian Premier League (IPL) hat-trick when he dismissed Shreyas Iyer, catching lbw trying to whip a delivery shot down the middle. In the next installment of 17, Chahal had Shivam Mavi caught by Riyan Parag and completed a hat-trick from him as Pat Cummins moved back to Sanju Samson, coming out for a long 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, England’s Jos Buttler (103) reached his second IPL 2022 century to help Rajasthan Royals post a massive 217/5 in 20 overs.
Opening the innings, Buttler blew up nine bounds and five sixes as he shared vital partnerships of 97, for the opening wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (24), and 67 for the second with captain Sanju Samson, who played an excellent cameo from 38 of 19. balls, to put Rajasthan Royals on course for a grand total.
Shimron Hetmyer (26 not out of 13 balls) hit West Indies star Andre Russell for 18 runs in the 20, including six from successive balls and a four, as the Royals set Knight Riders 218 to win the match.
But in the end, the Rajasthan Royals held their nerve to secure a narrow victory, thanks to the heroic efforts of Chahal and Obed McCoy.
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.