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Dumped for the Ashes, Mitchell Johnson has suffered more cricketing misfortune as the victim of a bizarre "hat-trick" in the Indian Premier League.

Paceman Johnson claimed 3-27 in a match-winning performance against the Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

But only after having former Australian Test teammate Mike Hussey dropped three times off successive balls by the same player fielding at point - usually brilliant West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard.

The first chance was a difficult one above Pollard's head, but the next two were regulation opportunities.

To rub salt into the wounds for a bemused Pollard, the third miss crashed through his hands and into his face.

"It was a little bit surprising. I guess the first one was probably a tougher one but the two after that ... look it does happen in the game," Johnson said.

"No, I have never seen that happen before. It was very bizarre. They were all different heights, one was quite high, one went low, and one was obviously hit him in the nose.

"Thankfully he is okay and came back to the field to catch the next one that went to him. It was quite amazing what happened. I don't think we will probably ever see that again.

"I said before the game to Ricky Ponting, `I hope Mike Hussey's old luck is run out.'

"He (Pollard) has taken some unbelievable catches in his time. Tonight wasn't his night with catches.

Defending 5-139, Mumbai restricted Chennai to their lowest total of the season, skittling them for a mere 79 despite the dropped catches.

Hussey (507) is second to Chris Gayle (566) as the tournament's top run-scorer, with Shane Watson sixth (354) and David Warner ninth (347).

James Faulkner (17) is third on the list for most wickets, trailing Dwayne Bravo (20) and Vinay Kumar (19).