Tye, Badree bag hat-tricks to spice up IPL

Even though the IPL has had histories of hat-tricks in the past, this is the only time when both the fixtures of the day witnessed hat-tricks.

Samuel Badree (left) and Andrew Tye after grabbing hat-tricks on Friday   -  Sportzpics

 

For the cricket enthusiasts, it was a Friday to remember!

Into its second week, the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed two hat-tricks in one day. While the West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree made a dream debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore collecting a hat-trick against Mumbai, Gujarat Lions' Australian recruit Andrew Tye too followed suit in the second fixture of the day against Rising Pune Supergiant.

Even though the IPL has had histories of hat-tricks in the past, this is the only time when both the fixtures of the day witnessed hat-tricks. "It is a memorable start," is how the Australian medium pacer described his performance. In the final over of the Pune innings, Tye dismissed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur in three successive deliveries.

Earlier, Badree became the first player in this IPL to grab a hat-trick. He was, however, the 12th player overall to achieve the feat.

Badree took the wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in the third over to rock Mumbai Indians. He also didn't give away a single run in that over and now holds the record for most number of maidens (20) in T20. Badree’s magical spell reduced MI to 7 for 4 but eventually it was overshadowed by Kieron Pollard's blistering show which took away the match from RCB.

"It was a good Friday for me, but not a good Friday for the team. We couldn't score enough runs in the end. But credit to Pollard for carrying his team the way he did", Badree said after the match. Badree had missed the last edition of the IPL due to injury.