Sam Curran took a hat-trick for Kings XI Punjab (Picture: Getty)England all-rounder Sam Curran took a hat-trick in the IPL to help Kings XI Punjab defeat Delhi Capitals.
Ricky Ponting’s Delhi looked on course to chase Kings XI’s 166-6 as they moved to 144-3 in the 17th over.
But Curran, playing in his first Indian Premier League, took three wickets in three balls to dismiss Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari and Kagiso Rabada.
The 20-year-old wrapped up the win by bowling Sandeep Lamichhane as he finished with remarkable figures of 4-11 from 2.2 overs.
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‘I didn’t really know [about the hat-trick], the crowd was so loud, I couldn’t hear my own thoughts,’ Curran said.
‘Against the Iocal batsmen who I didn’t know where they hit, I had to ask the other guys. So that can get tricky. But we got over the line and hopefully we keep on winning.’
Kings XI star Chris Gayle missed the match, meaning Curran was given a rare opportunity to impress at the top of the order.
He hit 20 off ten balls and said of his opening role: ‘I just went out there trying to impress.
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‘Luckily we managed to scratch a score above 150 and the bowlers were superb. I have opened in school cricket but this is probably the first time in senior cricket.’
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer, meanwhile, admitted his team threw away victory after failing to score 23 runs from the final 21 deliveries.
‘It’s really disappointing,’ the Indian batsman said. ‘We didn’t play smart cricket. They outplayed us in all departments.
‘They were really cool and calm in that situation. I’m speechless. It’s good that it happened early in the season, so we can learn from this.’