RCB vs MI, September 26, 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel took a hat-trick against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on Sunday in the Indian Premier League 2021 clash in Dubai. The moment occurred in the 17th over of MI innings, who started off well in the 166-run chase, but then kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Virat Kohli handed the ball to Harshal in the 17th over, and on the first ball itself, he dismissed Hardik Pandya. The MI allrounder flung his bat on a slow one, but didn’t connect the shot properly, and Kohli took an easy catch.
This is the first hat-trick of the season. Harshal also became the third RCB bowler to take a hat-trick in IPL, with Praveen Kumar and Samuel Badree being the first two to do so.
Hat tricks for RCB in IPL
Praveen Kumar vs RR Bengaluru 2010
Samuel Badree vs MI Bengaluru 2017
Harshal Patel vs MI Dubai 2021 *
Harshal finished the match with figures of 4/17 as RCB bowled out MI for 111. This is the first time Bangalore had bowled out Mumbai Indians in the IPL. RCB also ended their losing streak in UAE – which stood at 7 consecutive games before this.
Harshal Patel talks his bowling performance
Speaking in the post-match presentation, Harshal Patel said,” I was thinking if the batters can’t pick my slower balls then the bowlers also will find it difficult to spot (referring to Chahar’s wicket that got him the hat-trick). I just bet on that. This is my sixth time being on a hat-trick and finally got one, so pretty happy.
He (Pollard) is somebody who can do damage if you bowl in his areas, we wanted to take him wide and then once you drag him wide you have the option to bluff him, that came off really well. The way Siraj started, he’s someone who sets the tempo for us and the way Maxi and Chahal bowled in the middle overs were absolutely brilliant. They were under pressure at the death and we executed really well.”
Patel equals another IPL record
Harshal Patel has been performing phenomenally this season.With today’ match against MI, he has total 8 scalps against the defending champions in just this one season.He is on his way to break Chahal’s record of most wickets struck by an uncapped player in a season.
Most wickets by an uncapped player in a season
23 Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB, 2015)
23 Harshal Patel (RCB, 2021) *
21 Sreenath Aravind (RCB, 2011)
21 Siddarth Kaul (SRH, 2018)