KXIP hat-trick hero Sam Curran: Fans who left early would be very disappointed

Delhi Capitals were cruising to victory with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram at the crease during their 62-run fourth-wicket partnership in the 167 run chase against Kings XI Punjab. But the game changed within a couple of deliveries as Pant lost his middle stump to a Mohammed Shami yorker in the 17th over.

Delhi Capitals were 144 for 3 before Pant got out. They lost their last 7 wickets for 8 runs to eventually lose the match by 14 runs against Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali on Monday night.

Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami were the wreckers-in-chief for the home side with the England all-rounder finishing with 4 wickets for 11 runs in 2.2 overs while the Indian speedster bagged a couple of wickets in his second spell.

Curran ended up taking a hat-trick to become the youngest player in the history of the IPL to achieve the feat. The record was held by Rohit Sharma, who is now captain of Mumbai Indians. In 2009, Rohit had taken a hat-trick at the age of 22 years and 6 days.

He had picked up the wicket of Harshal Patel with the final ball of the 18th over and then returned in the final over to remove Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane to complete his hat-trick, something which he didn’t realise himself until a teammate came and informed him.

“I had no idea I had taken a hat-trick. My main focus was that last over when Rabada came and I knew his strengths and where I could bowl. I was always aiming for the stumps and toes.

“When we won the game one of the players came up to me and told me about the hat-trick. I had absolutely no idea I had taken one,” Sam Curran said.

Fans had started to leave the IS Bindra stadium in the final stages of the match as Delhi were cruising towards victory. Little did they know that Shami and Curran would change the course of the game within 16 balls and register one of the most memorable wins for Kings XI Punjab.

Curran said he felt sorry for the fans who went home early. “The crowd was so loud towards the end. I actually saw some of the fans leaving the stadium when DC needed 30 off 28, I’m sure those fans that went home are going to be very disappointed that they missed a great Punjab win,” Sam Curran said.

Curran had also smashed 20 off 10 balls with the bat as he opened the innings for KXIP in the absence of the injured Chris Gayle. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-rounder show.

The 20-year-old however, refused to take the full credit for the win and said that it was actually Mohammed Shami who turned the tide in Punjab’s favour.

“We had a few game plans for their batters. We were very lucky that Shami changed the game when he got Pant out. Coming towards the end the game was almost gone but the boys showed a lot of fight.

“The way Pant plays, he’s a very aggressive batsman, and we were very lucky to get him out at that stage. Then Ashwin’s run out of Chris Morris first ball was a huge turning point in the game. We know what Morris can do.

“Bowling towards the end I just had one plan, the ball was reversing a bit. I didn’t want to give the batsmen any room and fire in as many yorkers as I could and luckily we managed to get a great win,” Sam Curran said.


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