Punjab’s experienced pace bowler Siddharth Kaul produced one of the best bowling performances in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2020 and claimed a hat-trick against Andhra Pradesh in their ongoing encounter in Patiala.
Andhra was already looking down the barrel at 97/7, with Kaul having taken two wickets and spinners Vinay Choudhary (3/28) and Krishan Alang (2/31) having done the remaining damage. Kaul then returned to wrap things up in a jiffy and picked the last three wickets to wrap the innings quickly.
He finished up with figures of 5/24 and his hat-trick was the third in the ongoing tournament. 28-year-old Madhya Pradesh left-arm seamer Ravi Yadav had picked a hat-trick in his FC debut against Uttar Pradesh, becoming the first one to do so from India and second overall in FC cricket.
A week before Yadav’s amazing feat, Bengal’s Shahbaz Ahmed’s hat-trick routed Hyderabad by an innings and 303 runs for their first win of the season.
Meanwhile, Vidarbha’s veteran Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to make 12,000 runs in Ranji Trophy history.
(India Today inputs)