Rashid Khan picked up his third hat-trick in T20s during the Big Bash League game between Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers.
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
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.
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