IPL 2019, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals Match 13: Incredible turnaround! Kings XI Punjab’s young speedster Sam Curran proved his worth with a sensational spell of fast bowling at the back end as the home team pulled off a miraculous 14-run victory against Delhi Capitals in match 13 of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. Delhi suffered an inexplicable batting collapse as they lost 7 wickets in 17 balls, managed to score only 8 runs.
The 20-year-old Curran returned with brilliant figures of 4/11 including a hat-trick and was ably supported by Mohammed Shami as Delhi were shot out for 152 in 19.2 overs in pursuit of 167. He became the third Punjab player to record a hat-trick after talismanic Yuvraj Singh achieved the feat twice in the 2009 season and Axar Patel in 2016 of the T20 extravaganza.
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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 disappoiinting. 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.