Remember Deepak Chahar, who recently became the most economical bowler in the history of the T20 International by taking six wickets in four overs? What had made his spell against Bangladesh truly special was that he conceded just seven runs in four overs and this had included a hat-trick too. Days later, India appears to have found another bowling sensation in Abhimanyu Mithun, who created history of sorts on Friday by claiming five wickets in just one over during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy competition.
Playing for Karnataka, Mithun was bowling the last over of his four-over quota. He had conceded 38 runs in his first three overs without taking any wickets. Just when his captain Manish Pandey handed him the ball to bowl his last over, he had given up on any hope of redeeming himself.
This is where the magic began to unfold as Mithun wreaked havoc in the Haryana camp. First, he got JH Rana of Haryana caught out by Mayank Agarwal. Rana was batting at 61 and was beginning to pose threats to Karnataka when he became Mithun’s first victim of the match. His next victim was RK Tewatia, who was caught by Karun Nair for 32. SP Kumar, who replaced Tewatia, was out for a golden duck giving Mithun his well-deserved hat-trick. But the 30-year-old bowling sensation was not done yet. His next delivery saw AR Mishra throw his wicket away for 0.
This is where a commentator was heard saying, “Still two deliveries to go. We’ve seen six sixes being hit in an over. Can it be six wickets on the go?”
But, that was not to be as JH Saroha managed to steal a quick single, bringing JJ Yadav on the strike. Yadav, who was facing the first ball of the match, too fell to Mithun as KL Rahul made no mistake in holding on to his catch. This gave Mithun his five-wicket haul with all his wickets coming from just one over.
Haryana scored 194 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Karnataka achieved the target by losing just two wickets with five overs to spare. KL Rahul made 66, while Devdutt Padikkal played an impressive innings of 87. Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey remained unbeaten at 33 and three respectively.