Mishra, Dhawan eliminate Punjab

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Mishra, Dhawan eliminate PunjabMay 21 (The Hindu) Leg spinner Amit Mishra recorded the first hat-trick of the season as Deccan Chargers crushed Kings XI Punjab by 82 runs to dash their hopes of making the Indian Premier League play-offs here on Saturday.

Chasing 199 to win, Punjab only managed to score 116 all out in 19 overs at the pictersque HPCA stadium with captain Adam Gilchrist being the top scorer with 51.

Brought back into the attack in the 16th over, Mishra removed Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris off successive deliveries to record his second hat-trick in the history of the Twenty20 tournament.

Mishra has now joined Yuvraj Singh as the only player in the IPL to have recorded two hat-tricks.

Apart from these two players, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Lakshmipathy Balaji, Chennai Super Kings’ Makhaya Ntini and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma had achieved the feat in the previous editions of the event.

After Deccan rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 95 and Ravi Teja’s 60 to post an imposing 198 for two, Mishra took the centrestage to return with superb figures of 4-1-9-4 and spin his team to victory.

Punjab’s defeat means that Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight riders now confirm berths in the play-offs.

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