Big Bash League: Rashid Khan completes a hat-trick of hat-tricks

Sport360 staff 15:56 08/01/2020
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Rashid Khan picked up his third hat-trick in T20s during the Big Bash League game between Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers.

He is only the fifth bowler after Amit Mishra, Mohammad Sami, Andrew Tye and Andre Russell to pick up three T20 hat-tricks. The 21-year-old also became the joint highest wicket-taker among foreign recruits in the BBL, alongside Dwayne Bravo with 49 wickets.

Chasing 136 for victory, the Sixers were well placed at 79 for three after ten overs. However, Rashid Khan ripped through the middle order, picking up three wickets off three deliveries to bring his team back into the game.

First, James Vince was caught by keeper Alex Carey as he feathered a ball that spun away just a bit. The Afghan then completed the hat-tricks with a couple of beautifully bowled googlies.

He trapped rookie Jack Edwards LBW off the final ball of the over before coming back to castle Jordan Silk with another peach that landed around off-stump and sneaked in between pad and bat to crash into the stumps.

Rashid Khan finished with impressive figures of four for 22 but his effort went in vain as the Sixers grabbed the win with two wickets to spare.

Haris Rauf makes it two in a day

Haris Rauf

Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf, who has been making waves in this season of the BBL, became the first Melbourne Stars bowler to complete a hat-trick.

Bowling the final over of the first innings against Sydney Thunder, he picked up the wickets of Matthew Gikes, Callum Ferguson and Daniel Sams off consecutive deliveries.

Gikes didn’t pick a slower one and was caught brilliantly at the boundary at long leg and Ferguson chopped a length delivery back onto his stumps. Sams swung across to a quick delivery, missed it and was adjudged LBW to give Rauf his hat-trick.

The 26-year-old fast bowler has been a revelation in the T20 league Down Under this year, picking up 13 wickets in just four games at an average of 7.23 and boasts of an excellent economy rate of 5.87.

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