Axar Patel joins legion of greats with first hat-trick of IPL 2016

first_imgKings XI Punjab’s spinner Axar Patel, on Sunday, entered the Indian Premier League history books as he took the 14th hat-trick of the cash-rich league.Also, Axar became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the ongoing ninth season of the league, achieving the feat against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot.Mohit Sharma struck twice in the first six overs to dent Lions’ chase of 155 against the Murali Vijay-led Punjab.Bowling the seventh over, the tall left-arm spinner dismissed explosive West Indian Dwayne Smith on the third delivery before getting rid of Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Bravo on the fifth and sixth deliveries, respectively. The Lions’ batsmen were clueless against Axar’s lethal weapon – the arm balls.Vijay, who kept rotating his bowlers, took Axar off the attack and brought in Stoinis to bowl the ninth over.However, coming back to bowl the 11th over, Axar sent Ravindra Jadeja walking back to the hut right on the first ball to complete his hat-tick.The Punjab bowler finished with his best T20 figures of 4 wickets for 21 runs in his quota of four overs, helping his side to a 23-run victory over the Lions.Axar’s hat-trick is also the third for Punjab. The previous two were taken by Yuvraj Singh.last_img read more