'This is insane': Pat Cummins at centre of brutal moment in IPL

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Pat Cummins, pictured here becoming Yuzvendra Chahal's hat-trick victim in the IPL.
Pat Cummins was Yuzvendra Chahal's hat-trick victim in extraordinary scenes in the IPL. Image: IPL

Pat Cummins was unwittingly at the centre of extraordinary scenes in the Indian Premier League on Monday as Yuzvendra Chahal snared a hat-trick to take down Kolkata Knight Riders.

England star Jos Buttler smashed the second century of the IPL season, blasting 103 off 61 balls to help Rajasthan Royals post 5-217 - the highest total of the season.

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However Kolkata looked like chasing down the monster total at 4-178 entering the 17th over.

But Chahal then turned the momentum in Rajasthan's favour with an incredible four-wicket over, including a hat-trick.

The Indian spinner had Venkatesh Iyer stumped, then three balls later captain Shreyas Iyer was trapped lbw for 85 off 51 balls.

Shivam Mavi then holed out in the deep one ball later, before Aussie Test captain Cummins became the hat-trick victim when he was caught behind.

It was the 21st hat-trick in IPL history, and the fifth by a Rajasthan bowler, giving Chahal 5-40 for the match.

Fans and commentators were left stunned by the crazy scenes.

Rajasthan take down Kolkata in IPL thriller

Kolkata still had a shot of an unlikely victory after Umesh Yadav and Sheldon Jackson took 20 off the 18th over and seven off the 19th.

They needed just nine off the last five deliveries by left-arm pacer Obed McCoy on debut.

But Jackson mistimed a pull to short fine leg, and two balls later Yadav was bowled for 21 from nine.

Kolkata was all out for 210 with three balls to spare.

Rajasthan moved to second in the standings on run rate, while Kolkata's third-straight loss puts them sixth.

Put in to bat, Buttler lit up Rajasthan's innings as he smacked nine fours and five sixes.

He raced to 50 off 29 balls, and his second hundred of this IPL came off 59 deliveries.

Yuzvendra Chahal, pictured here after taking the 21st hat-trick in IPL history.
Yuzvendra Chahal took the 21st hat-trick in IPL history. Image: IPL

The Englishman joined the likes of Chris Gayle (2011), Shane Watson (2018) and Hashim Amla (2017) as overseas batsmen with two hundreds in their IPL careers.

Overall, it was his third IPL century for Rajasthan.

Buttler put on 97 runs off 58 balls for the first wicket with Devdutt Padikkal (24), and added 67 runs off 34 balls with Sanju Samson (38).

Cummins enjoyed some good fortune as he managed to dismiss Buttler late in the innings.

In reply for Kolkata, Aussie opener Aaron Finch helped himself to 58 off 28 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, and resurrected their chase in a century stand with Shreyas Iyer.

However Chahal's spin ruined it for Kolkata as he captured man of the match honours.

with AAP

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