“I Had To Take Wickets To Change The Result”: Chahal On Hat-Trick vs KKR

IPL 2022: Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker this season.© BCCI/IPL

Rajasthan Royals spinner Yuzvendra Chahal expressed happiness after he got the first hat-trick of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday. Jos Buttler‘s 103-run knock, his second of the season, and Chahal’s five-wicket haul, which also included a hat-trick, powered Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling seven-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders here at the Brabourne Stadium. “I had to take wickets in this match to change the result,” said Chahal in the post-match presentation.

“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,” he said about his delivery that had Pat Cummins caught behind for his hat-trick.

“My googly was coming out well and sent it down to Venkatesh Iyer,” he said about getting the KKR all-rounder stumped earlier in that over.

The match was a nail-biter where the pendulum swung from one team to another as Kolkata Knight Riders were sailing through at one stage reaching the triple-figure mark in just 8.3 overs with Shreyas Iyer and Aaron Finch batting at the crease. But wickets from Chahal, Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna brought the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals back in the game.

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Ashwin took only one wicket but he got the prized scalp of dangerous Andre Russell leg before wicket for a golden duck.

Obed McCoy bowled the final over of the match with KKR needing 11 runs with two wickets in hand but the left-arm pacer dismissed Sheldon Jackson and Umesh Yadav to guide Rajasthan to the fourth win of the season.

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