Where EAST meets the Northwest
HAT’S OFF. Unheralded off-spinner Ajit Chandila recorded the first hat trick
of the Indian Premier League season as the Rajasthan Royals defeated the Pune
Warriors by 45 runs earlier this month. (AP Photo)
From The Asian Reporter, V22, #10 (May 21, 2012), page 10.
Chandila records season’s first IPL hat trick
JAIPUR, India (AP) — Unheralded off-spinner Ajit Chandila recorded the first
hat trick of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket season as the Rajasthan
Royals defeated the Pune Warriors by 45 runs earlier this month.
Half centuries by Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Shane Watson (58) propelled the
Royals to 170-4 before Chandila’s hat trick polished off the Warriors’ top order
in the space of his first seven deliveries, limiting the opposition to 125-9.
Bowling with the new ball, Chandila took the wickets of Jesse Ryder (1),
captain Sourav Ganguly (1), and Robin Uthappa (0) to finish with figures of
"I was waiting for a chance for a long time," Chandila said. "The pressure
was on me ... this is just the start, there is still a way to go to complete my
Chandila, playing in only his second game, took pace off the ball from the
outset to frustrate the Warriors batsmen.
Ryder tried to hammer the off-spinner only to see Watson taking a skier at
mid-on and Ganguly was smartly stumped by Shreevats Goswami off the next
delivery. Uthappa was beaten in the flight and was also stumped to give Chandila
the hat trick.
The off-spinner then knocked the Warriors further off track when he accounted
for Anustup Majumdar to reduce Ganguly’s men to 26-4.
Earlier, Watson smashed six fours and four towering sixes before he was
bowled by Ashish Nehra in the 15th over. Rahane anchored the innings well with
seven crisp boundaries and ensured the Royals had a healthy total to defend.
The victory kept the Royals in the hunt for a playoff place with 14 points
from seven victories and as many losses. It was the eighth straight loss for the