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The IPL PulseHarshal picked up a stunning hat-trick against Mumbai Indians.

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Monday, September 27

Harshal's hat-trick stuns MI – Harshal Patel continued from where he left in India earlier in the year as the pacer used his variations to great effect to pick up a stunning hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. Having already picked up a five-wicket haul against the defending champions at the start of the tournament, Harshal completely turned Sunday's contest around by dismissing Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar's wickets in the space of three deliveries as MI were bowled out for 111 in pursuit of 166.

Maxwell and the matchups cat and mouse – Part of RCB's excellent run in the first half of last season was their know-how of playing on the last pitch in Dubai which significantly skews the two distances to the square boundaries: 74 metres to one side and 62 metres to the other. A lot of the bowling here is a function of protecting the smaller side and offering the bigger as bait. Mumbai were not unaware of these dynamics. They bowled exactly to similar plans but were powerless to stop Glenn Maxwell accessing the shorter boundary.

CSK win last-ball thriller – Sunil Narine almost managed to pull off a heist after Ravindra Jadeja's heroics but Chennuper Kings managed to scrape through eventually by two wickets in a thrilling contest. In a game that swung both ways, Jadeja appeared to have applied the finishing touches when he brought the equation down to 4 off 6 balls. But Narine managed to bowl a few dots, remove Jadeja and Sam Curran to eventually bring it down to 1 off 1 before Deepak Chahar cleared the in-field to pick up the solitary run that gave CSK their 8th win of the season.

CSK rise with the impact of Jadeja – It was not just Jadeja the batsman that made a vital contribution in CSK's win last evening. With the ball, Jadeja successfully punctured KKR's essay that was brimming with potential, to finish with a spell of 1 for 21, that included 5 dot balls. More crucially, the remaining 19 involved 17 singles and two twos – pulling the metaphorical handbrakes on KKR's flourish.

SRH vs RR preview – As good as knocked out of the competition, SRH are at the bottom with just one win from nine games and the least they can do from hereon is play party poopers for other teams. As far as RR are concerned, a win against SRH will launch them to the top half, from their current sixth position.

Tattle of the day – Looking ahead to the bigger picture

Virender Sehwag @virendersehwag Harshal Patel was spectacular and Yuzvendra Chahal showed why he is such a smart cricketer. Graet win for @RCBTweets . Still see India tweaking the final 15 for the World Cup. #RCBvMI 07:06 PM&nbsp&#149 Sep 09, 2021

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