Pune: Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Amit Mishra on Wednesday became the first bowler to achieve the distinction of taking three hat-tricks in the IPL, courtesy a stunning penultimate over in which he dismissed four Pune Warriors players to clinch an 11-run win for his team at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.
Mishra's hat-trick - Bhuvneshwar Kumar lbw, Rahul Sharma and Ashok Dinda bowled - came after he removed Pune captain Angelo Mathews off the second delivery of the 19th over with Hyderabad defending 14 runs off 12 balls. Thus, he recorded his third hat-trick after previously achieving the distinction against Deccan Chargers in 2008 when he was playing for Delhi Daredevils and then for Deccan against Kings XI Punjab in 2011.
Speaking after the match, Mishra said his success owed to his sticking to the basics. "I did not try for any tricks; I wanted to keep it simple. I did not think of any other thing, just bowled to get the wickets and I got a hat-trick," said the 30-year-old who also made 30 - the second best score of Hyderabad's innings of 118 for 8 - after picking up the Man-of-the-Match award. "[Captain] Cameron White said to me that I should go for wickets and I did just that. It's a great feeling, I am happy to help my team win today. The team is working together, supporting each other."
Prior to Wednesday's humdinger in Pune, Mishra was joint with Yuvraj Singh for the most hat-tricks in the IPL - two. But now he is the proud owner of the most instances for a bowler achieving the landmark.
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