Sam Curran hat-trick inspires Kings XI Punjab victory
England youngster Sam Curran took a hat-trick in the IPL to claim an incredible victory for Kings XI Punjab over the Delhi Capitals.
The 20-year-old Surrey left-armer grabbed four wickets in just five balls to lead his team to a 14 run victory.
Dehli appeared to be on for a comfortable win chasing a modest 167 when they reached 144-3 with three overs left.
But they lost seven wickets for just eight runs inside 17 balls as they were all out for 152, with Curran recording an impressive 4-11.
It was a impressive display from Curran, who hit 20 from just 10 balls. He was replacing the injured Chris Gayle as opener.
With the ball, he bowled the second over and conceded seven runs, then returned to find the leading edge of Harshal Patel’s bat with the final ball of the 18th over, before returning to bowl the last over of the match.
The Capitals needed 15 from the final over and Curran’s inswinging yorker accounted for Kagiso Rabada with the first ball, before another yorker next up boomed into the off-stump of Sandeep Lamichhane.
It put the Kings XI up to second in the table, level on six points with leaders Chennai Super Kings, but with an inferior run-rate, having played an extra game.
Kings XI are next in action against CSK this Saturday, where a victory will see them climb to top of the table.
The final of the tournament takes place on the 12th May.