Mishra's hattrick helps Chargers flatten Kings

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 19:22 [IST]
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Mishra's hattrick flattens Kings

In reply, the Kings XI Punjab seemed intent on giving the opposition the charge right from the get go. Adam Gilchrist got Duminy away for a four in the first over, before Paul Valthaty did the same to Dale Steyn in the next. But the paceman returned to have Valthaty caught at mid off for 5 off 6 balls as the score read 9/1.

New batsman Shaun Marsh upped the ante, smashing a four off Steyn and two boundaries off Duminy, but he played one shot too many when he was caught at short third man off the same bowler. After a quiet 4th over, Gilchrist hammered Anand Rajan for a six and a four and teamed up with Dinesh Karthik to each take a four off Pragyan Ojha as the score moved onto 45/2 in 6 overs.

Gilly then smacked Daniel Christian for a boundary to bring up the Kings' 50 in 7 overs. The Kings' captain once again went after Ojha, clobbering him for a four and a six in the 8th over. A couple of sobre overs followed before Gilchrist notched up his 50 off 36 balls by striking Christian for a boundary. But the same bowler came back to see the backs off Gilchrist for 51 and Karthik for 11 off 14 balls.

The Kings were a dismal 84/4 after 11 overs. But their slide only continued as Abhishek Nayar was dismissed by Ojha when he was caught on the boundary by Daniel Christian, for 3 off 7 balls. The King had slipped to 91/5 in 13.3 overs, requiring another 106 runs from 36 balls. In the 15th over, Mandeep Singh took a four of Christian and then picked him for a single to bring up the Kings' 100.

New batsman Ryan McLaren tried to find the midwicket boundary, but found Christian instead, having to depart to Amit Mishra for 7 off 14 balls. The Kings were now in serious trouble at 102/6. Oner ball later, Mishra sent back Mandeep Singh for 7 off 8 balls and then removed Harris for a duck, to get a hattrick! The game was all but over for the Kings at 102/8 in 16 overs. But Mishra was hunting for more wickets, ensnaring Praveen Kumar in his last over, for a duck. The Kings score read 104/9 in 18 overs.

Chawla wouldn't surrender meekly and carted Rajan for two sixes in the penultimate over. But there was trouble at the other end when Bharghav Bhatt was run out for a duck. The Kings had been bowled out for 116, losing the match by 82 runs.

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