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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast bowler Harshal Patel enjoyed a hat trick in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s thumping 54-run victory over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Patel finished with figures of 4-17. He is the third Bangalore bowler to take a hat trick in the history of the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings earlier pulled off a thrilling last-ball win over Kolkata Knight Riders which lifted the three-time champions back to the top of the points table.
Patel took the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar with three perfect slower deliveries before routing Mumbai for 111 in 18.1 overs by clean bowling Adam Milne.
Captain Rohit Sharma (43 runs off 28 balls) and Quinton de Kock (24 off 23) had provided a solid start of 57, but Mumbai lost nine wickets for only 32 runs as no other batter could reach double figures.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Bangalore owed its total of 165-6 to Glenn Maxwell’s brisk 56 off 37 that featured six fours and three sixes while captain Virat Kohli (51 off 42) also scored his second successive half century. Paceman Jasprit Bumrah stood out with 3-36 that featured the wickets of Maxwell and A.B. de Villiers (11) off successive deliveries in the penultimate over.
Bangalore with 12 points from 10 games is at No. 3 behind table-topper Chennai and Delhi Capitals, which both have 16 points.
Kolkata, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai are on eight points, but defending champion Mumbai is at No. 7 spot on an inferior net run-rate.
At Abu Dhabi, Chennai won by two wickets as it successfully chased down Kolkata’s 171-6 to reach 172-8 in exactly 20 overs at Abu Dhabi.
Ravindra Jadeja (22 off 8 balls) had all but sealed the chase for Chennai when he smashed fast bowler Prasidh Krishna for two sixes and two boundaries in the penultimate over.
But West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine (3-41) had Sam Curran caught in the deep off the first ball in the last over and then trapped Jadeja leg before wicket off the fifth delivery when only one run was needed for victory.
Deepak Chahar ensured Chennai won off the final ball as he swept Narine to midwicket as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team went top with 16 points from 10 games.
Earlier, Kolkata’s lower order did well to boost the total after its captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat. Rahul Tripathi top scored with 45 off 33 but it was Nitish Rana (37 not out off 27) and Dinesh Karthik (26 off 11) which propelled Kolkata’s total in the last three overs.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was expensive for his figures of 2-40 off four overs but Shardul Thakur (2-20) and Jadeja (1-21) bowled well in the middle overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is the only team out of contention for the playoffs with one win from its nine games.
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