IPL 2015

Knights: Gallop to wallop in 9 balls

RR’s Tambe takes ‘two-ball’ hat-trick as KKR, cantering towards win, lose 6 wkts for 2 runs to surrender match.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | May 6, 2014 6:19 pm

Pravin Tambe's hattrick turned the match on its head to give Rajasthan their fourth win in a row. (BCCI/IPL) Pravin Tambe's hat-trick turned the match on its head to give Rajasthan their fourth win in a row. (BCCI/IPL)

However, Pandey contrived to charge out blindly, finding himself almost halfway down the track even as Tambe just entered his delivery stride. The wily old man simply fired the ball down the leg-side and Pandey was too far down the track to even contemplate going back.

The hat-trick

Yusuf Pathan, another batsman who has consistently flattered to deceive in KKR colors, did not disappoint. A full leg-break was bunted straight back to Tambe, who gratefully accepted the easiest of offerings. Tambe, though, saved up his best delivery for last. Ryan Ten Doeschate was served a vicious leg-spinner, bowled slightly faster through the air and catching Ten Doeschate on the crease. The ball kissed the Dutchman’s toe ever so lightly before hitting the bat and umpire CK Nandan raised his finger after due contemplation.

With 45 required off the last four overs, KKR still seemed to have a decent chance with Suryakumar Yadav and Al-Hasan at the crease. The Bangladeshi all-rounder managed to cream 15 off the 17th over, giving KKR 24 to get from the last two, briefly raising a hope. However, James Faulkner and Watson, the preferred death-bowling combo for the Royals dished out two clinical overs, not conceding a single boundary and whisking their side to an unlikely victory.

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