Out of the 16 hat-tricks taken so far over the 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League, there have been four occasions when the feat achieved was in a losing cause. The Ring Side View takes a look at those four instances.
Yuvraj Singh (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2009
Since his remarkable 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has been a sought after middle-order asset for most franchises in the IPL. But it is his slow left-armers that have caught batsmen off guard on many occasions – his two hat-tricks in 2009 are prime examples.
The first one came against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Durban in the second edition of the tournament. In his second over, Robin Uthappa top-edged a slog sweep and was caught at deep midwicket. He followed it up with a straight delivery and managed to hit Jacques Kallis’ off-stump. In his next over, he deceived Mark Boucher with a fast arm-ball and trapped him in front to become the fourth bowler to take a hat-trick in the IPL. But his bowling heroics was followed by an excellent cameo by Roelof van der Merwe, helping his side get to 145. Yuvraj smashed a half-century while opening the innings in the run-chase, but a combined bowling effort by RCB resulted in an eight-run loss for Punjab.
Sunil Narine (KKR) vs Kings XI Punjab, 2013
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine took the IPL by storm in his first three seasons, notching up a total of 67 wickets and helped Kolkata Knight Riders win the title in 2012 and 2014.
It was in the 2013 season that he took a hat-trick against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. In his second over, he dismissed Michael Hussey caught-behind, deceived Azhar Mahmood in the air to take a simple catch off a leading edge and bowled Gurkeerat Singh with his carrom ball. Punjab managed to get to a competitive 157 in their 20 overs. In reply, Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan built an excellent third wicket partnership of 105 runs but post their dismissals, the batting order collapsed and fell four runs short of the target.
Watch Sunil Narine spin a web around KXIP batters and claim the first hat-trick of IPL 2013
Shane Watson (RR) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2014
Shane Watson will go down as one of the stalwarts of the IPL, having featured in the tournament since its inception and producing stunning all-round performances every year. The Australian all-rounder picked up a hat-trick in the seventh edition of the IPL, dismissing Shikhar Dhawan, fellow countryman Moises Henriques and Bipul Sharma off consecutive deliveries. But Rajasthan Royals were not able to chase down the score of 134 as an excellent bowling effort by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dale Stern restricted the them 32 runs short of the target.
Watch the RR skipper’s stunning hat-trick
Samuel Badree (RCB) vs Mumbai Indians, 2017
A tidy performance by the Mumbai Indians bowlers allowed Royal Challengers Bangalore to only get a below-par 142 in their 20 overs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. But the required target soon became a mountain to climb as Samuel Badree dealt a massive blow to the Mumbai top-order in his debut spell for RCB. In his second over, the leg-spinner got Parthiv Patel caught at short extra cover, Mitchell McClenaghan at long-on and bowled Rohit Sharma with an excellent googly to become the 15th bowler to take a hat-trick in the IPL. Unfortunately, Kieron Pollard played arguably his best knock in a Mumbai Indians jersey, anchoring the innings with a 47-ball 70 and guided his side to a comfortable four-wicket win.
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RCB’s Samuel Badree takes the first hat-trick of VIVO IPL 2017, dismissing MI’s Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Rohit Sharma in the same over
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