Shardul Thakur leaves Holkar on a hat-trick

The pacer picked up wickets in his final two deliveries in the second T20I against Sri Lanka.

Shardul Thakur left the Holkar stadium in Indore on a hat-trick on Tuesday after he bagged three wickets in his final over in the second T20I match against Sri Lanka.

Coming in to bowl the penultimate over, he first rid of Dhananjaya de Silva in the second ball with a yorker that the batsman lobbed towards Shivam Dube at mid-off. In his fifth delivery, Isuru Udana failed to pick up a knuckleball and mistimed it towards Navdeep Saini at cover and in his final ball, he had Lasith Malinga caught off guard with a bouncer as he backed away and chipped it towards square leg when attempting to pull.

"They tried a lot of shots but it didn't come off," observed Shardul Thakur, who was picked by Eagle Thane Strikers in the second season of the T20 Mumbai league.

It left the Mumbai pacer on a hat-trick in the next game, as he ended his four-over spell with figures of 3/23. Sri Lanka, who were put in to bat, could manage only 142/9 at the end of their innings.

India got their chase off to a good start with the opening partnership bringing up 71 runs in nine overs before Shreyas Iyer came on to the crease. He made a steady start to his innings, scoring just 12 runs off the first 16 balls he faced, but in the next nine deliveries, he smashed three fours and a huge six - that left even captain Virat Kohli in awe - to pile on another 22 runs.

Shreyas Iyer, a NaMo Bandra Blasters star in T20 Mumbai, eventually perished for 34 (26b, 3x4s, 1x6) with India going on to win the match by seven wickets and 15 balls to spare.

India are scheduled to play the third and final match against Sri Lanka at Pune on Friday, where Shardul Thakur could become the first bowler to pick up a T20I hat-trick across two matches.

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