The Rajasthan Royals managed to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in an incredible match played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. The victory had many contributors but it was Yuzvendra Chahal’s hat trick that sealed the match for the 2008 Champions. While taking his hat trick, Yuzi also completed his first five-wicket haul in the IPL.
Celebrating this feat, the Rajasthan Royals have created a website called “www.yuzigetsahattrick.com”, which displays several pictures of Yuzvendra Chahal. The website also has a section called “UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A HAT-TRICK,” that has RR’s upcoming fixtures.
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After the match, Chahal won the Player of the Match and was elated with his and team’s performance. He said, “I had to take wickets in this match to change the result. I worked on my bowling. I spoke to the coaches and the skipper. I was thinking of a googly but then I didn’t want to take a chance. Would have been happy with a dot ball as well on my hat-trick ball. My googly was coming out well and sent it down to Venkatesh Iyer.”
RR bowling coach Lasith Malinga praised his leg spinner for a match-winning performance. While speaking at the post-match press conference, he said, “Chahal has more international experience. He is the most experienced leg-spinner in the country and in this tournament. He showed how to control the skill. That’s more important for him going forward to prove he is good enough to play any competitive cricket.”
“Leg-spinners have more wicket-taking options and he showed today how he can get wickets and changed the game in a single over. I think he showed all the leg-spinners that they are the match-winning bowlers in this competition.”
Kolkata Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum has also heralded Chahal as he said, “You can’t allow good players like Chahal to enter the game when there’s pressure on. We played a good game but just made a couple of silly mistakes. But that’s what happens sometimes. Jos Buttler got a hundred on their side, Yuzi Chahal got a five-for including a hat-trick and we lost by seven runs, so we played a good game but ran second.”
“With four overs to go, we were in the driver’s seat but then some silly mistakes and not being able to handle pressure as well as we should have cost us the game.”