Sam Curran on Monday became the youngest-ever player to claim a hattrick in the IPL. With the figures of 4/11, the England all-rounder dismissed the Delhi Capitals tail to bundle the visitors for 152 runs, aided by which his Kings XI Punjab side emerged victorious in the match 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday.Also Read - IND Squads For T20I's vs SA: Twitterverse Not Impressed With Tripathi, Samson's Exclusion | See Tweets
The 20-year-old, along with Mohammed Shami to dismiss the shaken visitors for 152 in 19.2 overs in their pursuit of the 167-run target. Curran got his hattrick with the dismissal of Harshal Patel, which was followed by two immaculate yorkers to see off Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively. Also Read - IND vs SA, ENG Squad Announcement: Umran, Arshdeep In T20 Squad; Dhawan, Mohsin Snubbed; Pujara Comes Back In Tests
Following his stellar display, Curran grooved in some Bhangra moves with the team’s owner and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta. Also Read - Highlights | BCCI Selectors Meeting, IND Squad Announcement: Umran, Arshdeep Earn T20 Call, Pujara Comes Back For Tests
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Chasing a below-par score on a good Mohali wicket, Delhi Capitals were in the cruise mode, courtesy a solid partnership between Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram for the fourth wicket against Kings XI Punjab. The duo knitted a crucial 62-run stand to put the tourists in command of the chase, as the equation read – 23 off 21 balls. Pant was the first man to go, he was bowled by Shami, Morris was run-out in the very next ball.
This is when England’s young speedster returned to deliver a spell that hardly any cricket fan will forget. He turned the match upside down. Colin Ingram was his first scalp as the burly South African dared to take him on and was caught at long-off. Followed up by all-rounder Harshal Patel, who played swing across the line, nicked it behind to wicketkeeper KL Rahul. To complete the hat-trick, Curran bowled a scorching Yorker to disturb the furniture of Kagiso Rabada. On the very next ball, he bowled another magnificent delivery to tailender Sandeep Lamichhane to complete Delhi’s annihilation in Mohali.
“Really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket. They outplayed us in all departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. I’m speechless. Losing such games is not going to help us at the end. It was really difficult to even see from outside, the batsmen not taking initiative. It’s good that it happened early in the season, so we can learn from this. To be honest, we didn’t bowl that well. They came really hard at us in the Powerplay. We defended really well after that. Mentally we need to train ourselves – we are getting good starts, need to finish better,” Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said after the match.