Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra registered his third hat-trick in IPL © IANS

Pune: Apr 17, 2013

Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has taken the most number of hat-tricks in the IPL, said that he had stuck to his basics en route to his third such feat against Pune Warriors.

“I did not try for any tricks, I wanted to keep it simple. I did not think of any other thing, just bowled to get the wickets and I got a hat-trick,” Mishra said after Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Warriors by 11 runs in a nail-biting finish.

Asked if there was any discussion before the match how to bowl to defend the small score of 119, Mishra said, “[Captain] Cameron White said to me that I should go for wickets and I did just that.

“It’s a great feeling, I am happy to help my team win today. The team is working together, supporting each other,” he added.

White praised Mishra for his sensational performance.

“I am not sure what happened, whether it was a freak win or not. We got wickets as and when we needed and then Mishy (Mishra) did his job,” he said.

“In small chases, we cannot leave Ishant (Sharma) and (Dale) Steyn to get wickets till the last,” he added.

A disappointed Pune Warriors captain Angelo Mathews conceded that his side choked yet again to lose the match towards the end.

“I thought we had the game till the last five overs. We got off to a brilliant start in bowling but we choked up again. It was disappointing to throw a game like this which was in our hand,” he said.

“We got to be consistent to move on from here. Nine more games to turn things around,” said the Sri Lankan.