Town Club bowler Ananta Saha became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the ongoing Bengal T20 Challenge on Tuesday. It was during a group stage game between the Town Club and Mohun Bagan AC that saw Town Club win the game by 23 runs.
Ananta Saha took a fifer and rattled the entire Mohun Bagan batting lineup by including the match-changing hat-trick in the 19th over.
After winning the game, the 19-year-old said he had no idea that the first ball of the 19th was his third successive wicket. The youngster went on to take two more wickets helping his side in winning the game one-handedly.
“I didn’t know that was my hat-trick ball, I just wanted to bowl in the right length. I am glad that I got a wicket off that ball and my team won this match.” Ananta said.
“Feeling very happy to bag a hattrick. Our plan was to bowl in the right areas and focus on what our strength is,” he added.
The pacer had removed Mohun Bagan batsmen Debabrata Das and Akash Deep in the last two deliveries of the 17th over. He came back again in the 19th over and removed Prince Yadav, claiming his third wicket of the hattrick delivery. He finished with 5/17 in his spell of four overs and also became the man of the match after the win.
“I always want to bowl to my strength which is outswinger with which I got Vivek’s wicket and I believed in my abilities. For the first two overs, my plan was to swing the ball and in the last, I aimed for yorkers.” Ananta concluded. (ANI)