IPL 2022: Ravichandran Ashwin was pumped up after taking the wicket from Andre Russell.© BCCI/IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin provided Rajasthan Royals (RR) with a huge breakthrough in their high-scoring thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Monday, when he bagged the highly dangerous Andre Russell for a golden duck. Russell came in when KKR was on track to chase their 218 target, but the wily spinner outsmarted him with a carrom ball that clattered into the stumps after beating the perimeter. It was a big moment for the Royals and Ashwin knew it, as seen in his pumped-up celebration that followed.
Watch: Ravichandran Ashwin’s jaffa for Andre Russell and the party that followed
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After Ashwin took the wicket from Russell, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who stole the show with a hat-trick in the 17th left to complete his five-wicket haul.
The effort of the two spinners kept KKR from failing an epic chase as the Royals took a 7-wicket win to take second in the IPL 2022 points table.
Previously, Jos Buttler hit his second century of the season helping the Royals at 217/5 after batting.
This was the highest score of any team this season.
Shreyas Iyer (85 on 51) and Aaron Finch (58 on 28) had KKR on track to drive their totals down, but after Chahal’s hat-trick they were unable to recover despite coming very close.
Chahal, with 17 wickets, is the leading wicket taker this season, with Buttler leading the run-scoring charts.
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