Kagiso Rabada failed to strike a hat-trick even after picking 3 wickets on 3 successive legal balls

By Bet Barter

November 9, 2020

Last Friday, Kagiso Rabada featured with the ball as Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs and stormed into the IPL 2020 final for the first time. Delhi Capitals will clash with the defending champions and four-time winners Mumbai Indians in the final game on November 10.

The South Africa pacer picked up 4 wickets for 29 runs off his four overs, and furthermore reached the lead spot in the Purple Cap’s race. He currently has 29 wickets from 16 games. He is leading the race by 2 wickets more than Jasprit Bumrah. Both bowlers will be facing each other in the IPL Final.

The reason Kagiso Rabada missed a hat-trick

Kagiso Rabada finished the expectations SRH by picking three wickets on many legal balls in the 19th over. The game was set for an exciting end, with SRH requiring 30 runs from the last two overs. With Abdul Samad appearing in good form and Rashid Khan gifted in hitting the big shot, SRH was still in the game.

The over got off with a positive start too for SRH, with Samad hitting the Proteas star’s second ball for a six. However, on the very next ball, Kagiso Rabada picked up the wicket of Samad, before he dismissed Rashid Khan and Shreevats Goswami on two back-to-back balls.

However, even though taking those three wickets on the three continuous legitimate balls, it was not a hat-trick. Well, the explanation for it was the wide bowl he bowled after picking up a wicket on the fourth ball. In spite of the fact that he quickly took a wicket the next ball, a wide in the middle of picking two wickets didn’t permit Kagiso Rabada to record a hat-trick.

As per the cricket rules, a bowler needs to take three wickets off three continuous legitimate balls for it to be considered as a hat-trick. For this situation, the Delhi pace lead bowled a wide, and hence he couldn’t accomplish the record.

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