Samuel Badree made his Royal Challengers Bangalore debut in a very, very special way as he affected a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match on Friday. (RCB vs MI: Live updates)
West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree dismissed Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in the third over to complete his hat-trick -- the first one of the 2017 season. It is the 15th hat-trick of the IPL in its 10th year. (RCB vs MI: Live scorecard)
Samuel Badree’s effort reduced Mumbai Indians to 7/4 after Royal Challengers scored 142/5 in the first innings.
Badree had missed the 2016 IPL due to injury, and on Friday made his debut for the Royal Challengers. He came in place of Australian pacer Billy Stanlake.
Badree’s prized scalps
After Royal Challengers were out for a paltry score of 142/5, the Virat Kohli-led side needed something magical to turn the match in their favour. And Badree did just that for Royal Challengers in the third over.
After opening the bowling for Royals Challengers, Badree continued his spell in the third over. The West Indian bowled a googly at Parthiv in the second ball of the third over. The Mumbai Indians batsman wanted to lift the ball over short-extra cover but mistimed, and Gayle made no mistake by catching the ball.
Next up was McClenagahan, who heaved Badree’s low full toss to long-on but was caught by Mandeep Singh for a duck.
Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was next. Again Badree tried a googly at off-stump, and it was enought to fox the star batsman. The gap between bat and pad was too big as Rohit was bowled for a duck.
Badree ultimately finished with figures of 4-1-9-4, with Nitish Rana being his fourth scalp.
The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium thus continued to be Badree’s happy hunting ground. In the 2016 World T20, he took three wickets for 12 runs to help West Indies defeat Sri Lanka by five runs.
Badree, thus, became the 12th bowler to claim a hat-trick in IPL. Amit Mishra has taken a hat-trick in IPL thrice, while Yuvraj Singh has taken two hat-tricks.
Badree’s feat was the second hat-trick by a Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler. In 2010, Praveen Kumar, then a RCB player, took one against Rajasthan Royals at Bangalore by dismissing Damien Martyn, Sumit Narwal and Paras Dogra.