England star Sam Curran confessed he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick as Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals in the IPL on Monday. The 20-year-old claimed 4-11 from 2.2 overs as Delhi slipped from a winning position of 144-3 to 152 all out, with Kings XI winning by 14 runs in an incredible match.
Chasing 167 for victory, Capitals were on track before losing seven wickets for eight runs in Chandigarh. Curran, who also scored 20 runs at the top of the order for Kings, dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane in successive deliveries to end the contest but the wickets were taken across two overs.
In the mayhem that followed victory, the Surrey man confessed that he had to be informed by his team-mates of the feat. “No, not at all,” he replied when asked whether he knew about the hat-trick. “My main focus was obviously that last ball when Rabada came and I knew his strengths and where I could bowl, so I was always aiming for his stumps and his toes.
“When we won the game, one of the players came up to me and said ‘you’ve got a hat-trick’. I had absolutely no idea I had taken one.”