Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Pune April 18, 2013

'Didn't try any tricks' - Amit Mishra

ESPNcricinfo staff

Amit Mishra became the first bowler in the IPL to get three hat-tricks, after helping Sunrisers Hyderabad clinch an unlikely win against Pune Warriors. When Mishra was asked to bowl the 19th over, Warriors, 14 runs short of a win and with four wickets in hand, were in control. But Mishra picked up the crucial wicket of Warriors' captain Angelo Mathews off the second ball, then wrapped up the match with a hat-trick off the last three balls of the over.

"I did not try for any tricks, I wanted to keep it simple," Mishra said. "I did not think of any other thing, just bowled to get the wickets and I got a hat-trick. 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."

Mishra's hat-trick was the 11th in the IPL and the second this season after Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine picked one against Kings XI Punjab just a day ago. He took his first hat-trick in 2008 when he was part of Delhi Daredevils, and his second in 2011, for Deccan Chargers. The four wickets in the match also took Mishra to second in IPL's leading wicket-takers list, two behind Lasith Malinga.

Cameron White led Sunrisers as they chose to rest their regular captain Kumar Sangakkara, but the team's problems with batting continued. They managed 119, thanks to a 24-ball 30 by Mishra. White then used up his two main fast bowlers - Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma - by the 17th over, with an over each left for Thisara Perera, Mishra and legspinner Karan Sharma. Perera and Mishra took the last five wickets in those two overs.

"I am not sure what happened, whether it was a freak win or not. We got wickets as and when we needed and then Mishy [Mishra] did his job," White said. "In small chases, we cannot leave Ishant and Steyn to get wickets till the last.

"When the ninth wicket went down, I looked up and thought we had a chance now. But Mishy's execution to deliver those three balls was first-class. If Pune had played the remaining balls, they would have won."

Angelo Mathews, who returned after missing the Chennai match, said the loss was disappointing for the team, but they need to move on.

"We just threw it away in the last four overs," Mathews said. "It was a pathetic batting performance. We got off to a brilliant start in bowling but we choked up again. It was disappointing to throw a game like this which was in our hand. We have to be consistent to move on from here. Nine more games to turn things around."

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Ok I am Pakistani and tbh I don't like the IPL but this team SRH i love to watch. Not only is Dale Steyn amazing but the legspinner Amit Mishra is a treat to watch, he flights the ball and attacks in ways that Pakistani spinners are usually too afraid to do. Yes Hafeez/Ajmal have tricks and are very good, but they go to defensive mindset so fast. Amit so far has been fresh and brave and I like that, also his loopy legspinners are good to see after every spinner in international cricket darting it in like Shahid Afridi and Ajantha Mendis.

    It is sad Pakistan is not in this IPL and the cricket quality isn't the best but appreciate class where it is and Amit Mishra is a damn good spinner to follow

  • Bonnie on April 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Brother Shazman peter john, hope you know how to bat and bowl. I have seen many ppl criticize players but your post was really in a bad taste. Learn to appreciate good cricket.

  • Ashok on April 18, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    It was exceptional performance under pressure from Mishra & SRH to pull a victory out of the Blue! SRH was down 44 for 6 in 10.4 overs. Doggedly they fought every inch of the way to reach 119 thru' local heroes Sumantray, Mishra & Ashish Reddy . This gave SRH a fighting chance to win. But Pune all but sealed the game & were 101 for 4. In comes the magical leg spinner Mishra to work his wizardy again -this time with the ball. He captures 4 wkts. in a single 19th "death" over to win a "Dream victory"!. Hats off to Mishra who richly deserved to be MOM & had a lions share in victory for the team. Guts & Glory appeared to be Mishra's motto. SRH played as a team once more & not surprisingly amongst the Top 4- why? Because they don't lose it till they Win the game. Return of Dhawan will be a another major event for SRH.

  • Manoj on April 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Its a great achievement to get hat-tricks. But I am wondering if his other two hat-tricks also involved the last 3 batsmen (8th, 9th and 10th).

  • aman on April 18, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @shazman whatever happens the batsmen rohit sharma and yuvi bowled to get hatrick have played for their countries or states.They are not 12 year old boys!!!!

  • Manoj on April 18, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Mathews seems to be feeling from the captaincy pressure. He should be removed from the captaincy.

  • Manoj on April 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Completely agree with Shazman Peter John. Mishra is nothing compared to Ajmal and Hafeez. He doesn't have quarter of tricks those 2 players have.

  • Priyank on April 18, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @ Shazman

    Yuvraj is a decent bowler. He is very under-rated. In WC too, he made fool of many batsmen, including Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq, and was awarded with Man of the Tournament of his all-round performance.

    And for Sharma, Well even Gillespie, Stuat Broad and Kumble have scored international Hundreds in Test Cricket. Does it mean scoring Tons in Test Cricket is no Achievement ?

  • N on April 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    @Shazman Peter John: Jealous much?! Glad to see that fans from Pakistan are following IPL related articles and commenting on them too. Go IPL!

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    In a league where Yuvraj Singh has two hattricks, hell even Rohit Sharma has one, three hattricks is no 'Achievement'.

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