Yuzvendra Chahal secured the maiden hattrick of the ongoing IPL season on Monday against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The three wickets came in the 17th over.

The clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals was also the first time Chahal managed a five-wicket haul for the first time ever. 

Chahal dismissed Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins towards the end of KKR’s innings, easing pressure on his team. Iyer was sent back to the pavilion on the third delivery of the over after the umpire ruled an LBW. Mavi and Cummins, on the other hand, gave catches.

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Fans also cheered for Chahal’s unique celebration after he got the third wicket. As his fellow teammates ran behind him, he slid on the field and posed for the camera. 

Chahal’s five-wicket haul on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders also included the dismissals of Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana. KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer’s innings, which once was expected to guide the team to a victory, ended at a score of 85 in 51 deliveries. 

Chahal’s success in Sunday’s game was not restricted to the fall of wickets but also extended to the economy. In his quota of four overs, he gave away 40 runs. The required run rate when the second innings started was 10 runs per over.

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Nitish Rana scored 18 runs off 11 deliveries and then gave a comfortable catch to Jos Buttler, who was fielding near the boundary.

The nailbiting game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals ended with the defending side’s victory, which set the largest target so far in this year’s Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals were 217/5 after 20 overs, while rivals Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted at 210.