Kings XI Punjab spinner, Axar Patel claimed the first hat-trick of Indian Premier League 2016 against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Axar picked the consecutive wickets in a span of two overs to register a hat-trick. You can watch the video of Axar’s hat-trick here.
The spinner swung back things in favour of Kings XI Punjab in the seventh over, his second, of Gujarat Lions innings when he picked three wickets. After removing Dwayne Smith on the third ball, Axar picked the prized wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Bravo on the fifth and sixth ball of the over respectively. That left Axar on a hat-trick. Also Catch- GL vs KXIP, IPL 2016, Live Score
Captain Murali Vijay then brought the spinner back into the attack in the 11th over, and he picked the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja straight away with his first ball, thus claiming the first hat-trick of the season.
This is the 14th hat-trick in IPL history and first for Axar. Fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji was the first one to claim a hat-trick in IPL. Axar becomes the second Kings XI Punjab bowler after Yuvraj Singh to register a hat-trick. Interestingly, Yuvraj has claimed two hat-tricks for Kings XI Punjab. Also Check- Indian Premier League 2016 Schedule
Axar then ended his quota of four overs with figures reading 4/21. Put to bat; Kings XI Punjab were bundled out for 154 in their 20 overs. Axar’s hat-trick left Gujarat Lions reeling at 57 for six.