IPL 2021, RR vs RCB: Harshal Patel celebrates a layoff with his teammates.© BCCI / IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore will want to consolidate their position in the points ladder when they take on Rajasthan Royals in a key Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match on Wednesday in Dubai. RCB have 12 points from 10 games and a win will take them one step closer to the play-offs. If Rajasthan comes out on top, there are three teams tied at 10 points, and RCB’s advantage over the chase pack is just 2 points. But the men of Virat Kohli were late in a good condition, with the captain from the front. Kohli needs another half century to score a hat-trick of fifties. Just like Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal shot in the UAE leg, and also the main spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
The biggest surprise package for RCB this season was the bowling of Harshal Patel. The medium-pacer was his life in the Indian leg and continued in the same way in the final match when he scored a hat-trick against two-time defending champions Mumbai Indians to give his team a much-needed victory.
Patel’s performance in the last game has now taken him to the brink of a big record. He has so far scored 23 wickets in the tournament in 10 matches. He only needs one more wicket to become the RCB bowler with the most wickets in a single IPL edition. He currently holds the record with Yuzvendra Chahal and Vinay Kumar. Chahal scored 23 wickets in 15 games in the 2015 season, while Vinay Kumar scored in 16 games in 2013.
Patel has averaged 13.56 in 10 games and he has taken a wicket in less than 10 balls this season. On Sunday, RCB bowlers Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar fired in three consecutive balls in the 17th over to achieve this amazing performance.
It all started with Patel bowling a brilliant cut to Pandya, who was caught by RCB captain Virat Kohli. The pacer then throws another cutter who sneaks past Pollard’s movie and hits the stumps to give his second wicket in two deliveries. Rahul Chahar gets LBW for a ball that hit the bat right in front of the wickets. It was the 20th time a bowler has taken a hat-trick in IPL over the years. Amit Mishra leads the cards with three threes in his name.
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