Got out of jail: R Ashwin after Sam Curran hat-trick wins KXIP thriller

first_imgKings XI Punjab snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Delhi Capitals on Monday night and they had to thank their two fast bowlers – Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami – for tilting the result in their favour after all hopes had faded until the last few overs.Delhi Capitals were within touching distance of victory with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram stitching together a 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket but it all went downhill from there on once the wicketkeeper departed for 39 in the 17th over as Delhi lost the last 7 batsmen for 8 runs.Mohammed Shami bowled a superb second spell in the slog overs picking up the wickets of Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari to finish with 2 for 27 off his four overs before Sam Curran finished the match off with his maiden IPL hat-trick to win the match for Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs in Mohali.Curran ended with figures of 4 for 11 from 2.2 overs and became the youngest bowler to bag an IPL hat-trick in only his second match in the league.They were cruising, but we ‘CAPITAL’-ized in the end! #SaddaPunjab #KXIPvDC #KXIP #VIVOIPL XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2019Speaking after the game on Monday here, KXIP skipper R. Ashwin made no bones about the fact that his team had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as DC looked to be cruising home with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram looking very comfortable in the middle at one stage before the collapse happened for the visitors.advertisement”When Rishabh hit the six, we just needed to hang in there. Credit to Shami and Curran. We were probably 25 runs short. We backed ourselves to defend with three spinners. All in all, dew also came in and played a factor,” he said.”I’d like to think we got out of jail. Not many times you defend that equation. Credit to Shami and Curran. We’ve seen Avesh bat before, Lamichhane bat before, so we just needed to hang on.Sam Curran was drafted into the playing XI in place of the in-form Chris Gayle, who missed this match due to an injury, and even opened the innings for Kings XI. Ashwin later explained the reason behind the England all-rounder opening for them.”We were going to bat first even if we’d won the toss. We thought Chris wasn’t there. We wanted to give Sam the license to go out and bat. We thought there was a bit of grip in this pitch, but it didn’t turn out. We’re a team with youngsters and experience,” Ashwin [email protected] Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC (@IPL) April 1, 2019″We’re having fun. And with some of the coaching staff, we have a good atmosphere. All credit to the fans – we couldn’t even hear ourselves at the end.”Curran, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-rounder performance, said he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick. He had dismissed off the last ball of his second over and took the other two off the first two balls of his third over.”I didn’t really know (about the hat-trick). The crowd got really loud, I couldn’t hear myself. Ash told me what to do,” Sam Curran said after receiving the man-of-the-match award from Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson of the India Today Group.The man of the moment, @CurranSM, takes us through #KXIPvDC | #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2019Also Read | KXIP vs DC Highlights, IPL 2019: Curran hat-trick gives KXIP 14-run win over DCAlso Read | KXIP vs DC: Sam Curran hat-trick scripts sensational win for KXIPlast_img