Harshal Patel became the third Royal Challengers Bangalore to take a hat-trick in the IPL. His spell of 4/17 helped RCB beat Mumbai Indians to stay in the contest for a playoff spot. Patel took a total of nine wickets against Mumbai in this IPL season. In the end, RCB won the game by 54 runs to go to 12 points and hold on to the third spot in the points table.
Harshal Patel dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar to bag the first hat-trick of his career. He foxed all the batsmen with slower deliveries He bowled a wider slower delivery to Hardik and bowled Pollard round his legs. To Chahar, he bowled a slower yorker which found him plumb in front of the wicket. He also picked up the wicket of Adam Milne to complete a a spell of four wickets.
Harshal Patel’s Hat-Trick Spell
— Cricsphere (@Cricsphere) September 26, 2021
The Twitterverse took notice of his efforts and applauded him for his fabulous spell of bowling against the defending champions.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 26, 2021
Hat-trick man Harshal Patel! Well done young man! #RCBvMI he is running away with the purple cap.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 26, 2021
To complete the Hattrick 🔥
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 26, 2021
Crazy scenes. If I am not wrong Harshal Patel is holding the Purple Cap since he got it for the first time. This can't be a fluke. Man doesn't fit in the template of a model T20 death bowler, but boy he has got skills. Happy for him and for my team.
— Ricky talks Cricket (@CricRicky) September 26, 2021
HAT-TRICK! You bloody beauty! Wah! Wah! BRILLIANT! Harshal Patel, brilliant. 🔥#RCBvMI
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 26, 2021
Harshal Patel has a fifer and a hattrick against Mumbai Indians in the same IPL season.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 26, 2021
Hat-trick for Harshal Patel. Take a bow.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 26, 2021
Purple patel. Hattrick patel Outstanding use of variation by Harshal patel.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 26, 2021
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 26, 2021
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 26, 2021
Harshal Patel also spoke about his special performance. He said that after missing on six previous occasions, he was finally happy to pick up his first hat-trick in the IPL.
“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.” said Patel.