The Indian Premier League (IPL) almost witnessed another hat-trick from veteran spinner Amit Mishra, well almost. In the match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in the ongoing IPL 2019, Mishra was seen bowling at his best as he ended up with sensational figures of 3 wickets in four overs while giving away just 17 runs at an economy of 4.25. But it could have been an unforgettable outing for Mishra had he picked up the hat-trick against RR.
It was DC speedster Trent Boult who dropped a relatively easy catch of Krishanappa Gowtham in what was a hat-trick chance for Mishra. Had Boult grabbed that skied shot by Gowtham, Mishra would have completed his fourth hat-trick in IPL history. Mishra is the most successful Indian bowler in the history of IPL with as many as 155 wickets in 145 matches in the cash-rich tournament.
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The veteran leggie is also the proud holder of most hat-tricks in IPL (3). Mishra first took a hat-trick in IPL 2008 against Deccan Chargers while playing for Delhi Daredevils (now DC). He got another hat-trick in 2011 IPL against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) while playing for Deccan Chargers (now SRH) while picking up his third hat-trick against the now-defunct Pune Warriors in IPL 2013 while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and nearly got his fourth hat-trick of IPL.
It was the 12th over of the first innings when Mishra was handed over the bowling duties. The 36-year-old first dismissed Shreyas Gopal in the second delivery of the over while sending Stuart Binny packing in the following delivery. Gowtham went for a wild slog in what was the hat-trick delivery by Mishra, however, the ball took the top edge and Boult called for the catch. But the Kiwi misjudged the flight of the ball and dropped the sitter only to leave Mishra and his DC teammates in disbelief. DC restricted RR for a paltry 115-9 and would fancy their chances to win their last league game of the ongoing IPL 2019.