Yuvraj Singh is one of the few players who have bagged 2 or more hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League. He first achieved the feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 and later in the same season repeated it against Deccan Chargers.
While chasing a target of 134 runs, Deccan Chargers were off to a flying start when Gilchrist and Gibbs chipped in with a healthy partnership before skipper Gilchrist was undone by a beautiful delivery by Ramesh Powar. But the real drama began when Yuvraj held the ball in his hands.
He first sent Gibbs packing when Piyush Chawla in the covers took a blinder and then a fantastic stumping from Kumar Sangakkara saw Andrew Symonds exiting the battle-field for run-a-ball 25. Venugopal Rao was up against Yuvraj on the hattrick ball who read the line in an awful way he could have.
Rao wasn’t able to judge the arm-ball and left the ball that broke the shackles behind him to give Yuvraj his second hat-trick of the Indian Premier League career and 2009 edition.
Earlier, riding on Sangakkara’s 56 runs, Kings XI Punjab scored 134/7 in 20 overs. Punjab eventually grabbed a win by 1 run after no other batsman was able to take on the Punjab bowling attack. While Yuvraj scalped three Deccan batsmen, Irfan Pathan and Ramesh Powar picked up two wickets each.