Bangalore: West Indian leg-break bowler Samuel Badree became the first player to pick a hat-trick in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Friday.
Badree also became only the second RCB bowler to pick a hat-trick after Praveen Kumar, who achieved this feat against Rajathan Royals in 2010. Badree is also just the 12th player in IPL history to take a hat-trick.
Defending a modest total of 143 against Mumbai Indians, the Badree scalped the prized wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in three successive deliveries to break the backbone of MI's batting.
Skipper Virat Kohli handed the ball to the spinner in as early as the third over to pile even more pressure on Mumbai, who had just lost the wicket of in-form batsman Jos Buttler in the second over.
Badree answered to Virat's call in spectacular style and picked up his first hat-trick of the IPL.
First, the West Indian bowled a looped delivery outside off-stump and Parthiv gave away an easy catch to Gayle at extra-cover. Then, Mitchell McClenaghan hit a full-toss straight to Mandeep Singh who was was fielding at long on.
But it was his third wicket which was the best of the three. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma failed to pick the googly and the ball rattled his stumps.
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Badree also didn't give away a single run in that over and now holds the record for most number of maidens (20) in T20 cricket.
Badree ended his four overs with astonishing figures of four wickets for just nine runs. Nitsh Rana became his fourth victim as Sreenath Aravind took the catch at point.