Mishra hat-trick stuns Pune

2013-04-17 17:48
Amit Mishra (AFP)
Johannesburg - A remarkable hat-trick at the death from leg-spinner Amit Mishra sealed an unlikely 11-run victory for the Sunrisers Hyderabad over the Pune Warriors in their low-scoring IPL match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.

Figures of three for 18 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar had earlier helped restrict the Sunrisers to a score of 119 for eight on a difficult pitch, but Pune appeared on course for victory needing 19 runs from 19 balls with six wickets in hand.

However, a middle-order implosion preceded a memorable Mishra hat-trick in the penultimate over to close out the game - an over in which he took four wickets in five balls to see the Warriors all out for 108.

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Mishra finished with figures of four for 19 in his four overs, and his team now move up to second place on the table with eight points.

For the home side, the unexpected reverse is their fourth of the competition, and they remain second from bottom on four points.

Having been asked to bat first by Pune captain Angelo Mathews, the opening pair of Parthiv Patel (12) and debutant Quinton de Kock (2) had the unenviable task of setting a platform on a difficult-looking pitch.

The Proteas T20 opener lasted just eight deliveries before being caught at cover off Ashok Dinda (4-0-25-1) at the end of the second over.

Patel then attempted to transfer the early pressure, as he struck two fours off the following over from Kumar. However, the seamer had his revenge five deliveries into the over as Patel was bowled, and he found himself on a hat-trick after skipper Cameron White was also castled the very next delivery.

Kumar was unable to grab his hat-trick with the first ball of the fifth over, but he accounted for Hanuma Vihari (1) at the end of it to leave the Sunrisers in tatters at 17 for four.

A brief partnership of 24 between Samantray and Karan Sharma (7) halted the procession, but a double strike either side of the 10-over mark sent both Sharma and Thisara Perera (2) on their way, and at 44 for six, Samantray was fast running out of partners.

The right-hander eventually found some support in the form of Mishra (30), and the duo eased the score to 75 before Samantray (37) holed out to long off at the end of the 15th over.

Some late impetus did come for the Sunrisers, as Mishra, with the help of Ashish Reddy (19 not out), moved things in the right direction.

The latter struck a maximum over long on from the bowling of Mathews (4-0-29-0) in the 19th over to bring up the hundred, and it took a run-out off the penultimate delivery to end Mishra’s innings - and an invaluable 29-ball stand of 40.

From the get-go, the in-form Aaron Finch (16) looked to ease any fears the home dugout may have had, and he, along with fellow opener Robin Uthappa (22), took the score to 38 without loss by the end of the fourth over with some crisp ball striking.

However, Perera (4-0-20-3) became the second bowler of the day to find himself on a hat-trick as he removed both openers in the fifth - Uthappa caught at deep square-leg, while Finch holed out to De Kock at point.

New batsman Steve Smith (17) dealt with the hat-trick delivery, and set about getting his team back on course with the help of Tirumalasetti Suman (12).

The duo guided the score past fifty, but a meek appeal for leg-before by Karan Sharma (3-0-13-1) was enough to get rid of Suman in the ninth over, and the loss of Smith four overs later left the outcome of the contest in doubt with the hosts reduced to 76 for four.

A captain’s innings was needed from Mathews (20), and he and Mitchell Marsh (14) got their side back on track with a string of boundaries to take the score past the hundred mark in the 17th over.

However, Dale Steyn (4-0-34-1) induced a false shot from the Australian that saw him sky one down the throat of deep square leg, and when new man Abhishek Nayar (0) was snared at mid-on the following over, the Warriors suddenly required 19 from 16 deliveries with just four wickets remaining.

The dangerous Mathews fell to the second ball of the penultimate over, as his miscued shot found long off.

Manish Pandey (seven not out) then drove one down the ground for a single, but it proved to be the precursor to a sensational climax.

The leg-spinner trapped Kumar in front with the next delivery, before dislodging the stumps of Rahul Sharma and Dinda in the two balls that followed to clinch a dramatic hat-trick and a famous win for his side. 

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