When Royal Challengers Bangalore takes on Rajasthan Royals in a key Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match on Wednesday in Dubai, they will be seeking to maintain their place in the points table. RCB has 12 points from ten games, and a win would move them closer to the play-offs. If Rajasthan wins, three clubs will be level on 10 points, and RCB’s lead over the trailing pack will be reduced to just two points. Virat Kohli’s team, on the other hand, has been in excellent form of late, with the skipper leading from the front. Kohli still needs a half-century to complete his hat-trick of fifty-plus runs. Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal, as well as main spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, have all performed admirably in the UAE leg.
Harshal Patel’s bowling has been the biggest surprise package for RCB this season. In the India leg, the medium pacer was in top form, and he continued that trend in the last match, picking up a hat-trick against the two-time defending champions Mumbai Indians to give his team a much-needed win.
Patel’s performance in the most recent encounter has put him on the verge of breaking a major record. In the first ten games of the tournament, he has taken 23 wickets. He only needs one more wicket to become the RCB bowler with the most IPL wickets in one season. He shares the record with Yuzvendra Chahal and Vinay Kumar at the moment. In the 2015 season, Chahal took 23 wickets in 15 matches, whereas Vinay Kumar took 16 wickets in 16 matches in 2013.
Patel has a 13.56 average in ten games and has been picking up wickets in under 10 balls this season. To achieve this incredible feat, the RCB bowler dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar in three consecutive deliveries in the 17th over on Sunday.
Patel began the match by bowling a stunning cutter to Pandya, who was caught by RCB captain Virat Kohli. The bowler then threw another cutter that crept through Pollard’s flick and smashed the stumps for his second wicket in as many deliveries. After that, Rahul Chahar was given LBW with a ball that hit the pad just in front of the wickets. It was the 20th time a bowler had taken a hat-trick in the IPL’s history. With three hat-tricks to his name, Amit Mishra leads the standings.