'Unbelievable': Cricket world erupts after never-before-seen act

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Pictured here, Sunrisers Hyderabad's Umran Malik celebrates a wicket against Punjab Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Umran Malik bowled his way into the IPL record books with a stunning spell against Punjab Kings. Pic: IPL/Twitter

Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler Umran Malik has put the cricket world on notice after an extraordinary spell of bowling in the Indian Premier League, that's sure to be spoken about for years to come.

Malik helped Hyderabad to their fourth straight win in the IPL after claiming figures of 4-28 against the Punjab Kings.

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However, it was the historic manner in which the wickets fell that left the cricket world in a frenzy on social media.

Malik - who has consistently been clocking bowling speeds above 150km/h - claimed three of his wickets in one of the greatest final overs the competition has ever seen.

The Hyderabad speedster had Odean Smith caught off his own bowling with a brilliant short-pitched delivery off his second ball.

He then clattered the stumps of Rahul Chahar and Vaibhav Arora off the fourth and fifth deliveries of the final over.

Punjab, which started the over at 6-151, couldn’t add a single run as No. 11 batter Arshdeep Singh was run out on the final delivery.

The unbelievable finish to the innings marked the first time in the history of the IPL that four wickets had fallen in an over without any runs being scored.

Malik also became just the fourth player in IPL to not concede a run in the final over - joining Irfan Pathan, Lasith Malinga and Jaydev Unadkat as the only bowlers to accomplish the feat.

Umran Malik spell guides Hyderabad to victory

Punjab’s top-order stuttered in the first half of its innings with Dhawan (8) top-edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar to mid-on in the third over.

Jonny Bairstow (12) was trapped leg before wicket by left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith and Malik made it 61-4 with a return catch of Jitesh Sharma (11), who miscued a pull shot against pace.

Liam Livingstone (60 off 33) and Shahrukh Khan (26) revived the innings with a 71-run stand but Hyderabad made a grand comeback through Malik.

Livingstone hit five fours and four sixes. After he was caught well by a tumbling Williamson in the penultimate over, Malik ran through the tail in his superb last over.

In reply, Hyderabad lost skipper Kane Williamson cheaply in the fourth over, but their middle-order batted solidly to clinch another win.

Hyderabad finished on 3-152 in 18.5 to secure their fourth successive successful run chase in the tournament.

Aiden Markram made 41 not out off 27 balls and Nicholas Pooran scored a sedate 35 not out in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 75 runs for Hyderabad and handed Punjab its third loss from six games.

Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar bowled well in the middle overs for his 2-28 and had both Rahul Tripathi (34) and Abhishek Sharma (31) caught in the deep.

However, Pooran and Markram held firm against Kagiso Rabada in the death overs to see their team through without drama.

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