On Wednesday, the Big Bash League witnessed two hat-tricks on the very same day – Rashid Khan of Adelaide Strikers and Haris Rauf of Melbourne Stars.
At Adelaide Oval, we were looking at yet another monotonous game of T20 cricket between Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers when the 21-year-old leggie Rashid Khan, from Afghanistan brought Adelaide Strikers back into the hunt by taking a hat-trick as he dismissed James Vince at 27, Jack Edwards at 0 and Jordan Silk at 16 runs.
Sydney Sixers looked all set for a huge victory as they required a mere 57 runs off 56 deliveries with 7 wickets in hand against the Adelaide Strikers and the Sixers looked all set for a one-sided finish but Rashid Khan still had a few tricks up his sleeve.
On the fifth ball of the 11th delivery, he made Vince nick one to the keeper Alex Carey. It was a faint edge but good enough for the umpire to raise his finger.
Jack Edwards, who was new on the crease couldn’t read Rashid’s googly as he played it completely outside the line of the ball. The Hawkeye showed the ball to be missing the leg stump and bouncing over it, but the damage had been done by then as even in this era the BBL doesn’t have a DRS.
Rashid returned to bowl the 13th over and struck on his very first delivery as he knocked over Jordan Silk at the stumps. Silk was completely bamboozled by yet another Rashid googly.
This was Rashid Khan’s third hat-trick in T20 Cricket.
Unfortunately, Rashid’s hat-trick didn’t prove out to be enough to get the Strikers over the line, but it was good enough to convert this one-sided contest into a closely contested game.
On the other hand, the Sydney Thunders were looking to post a total close to 160 runs against the Melbourne Stars, as they were 143-2 before the start of the ultimate over of the innings when Haris Rauf came to bowl the final over.
After giving away a single on the very first delivery, he got rid of a well-settled Matthew Gikes on a slower delivery at fine leg. Gikes was looking to flick the ball over the ropes but got his timing all wrong to hand over the catch to Lamichhane.
Rauf knocked over the stumps of another entrenched batsman in the form of Callum Ferguson who was shuffling in his crease as he wanted to help the ball on its way for a four but failed to connect the bat with the ball, as the ball deflected from his thigh to the stumps.
The new man in Daniel Sams was trapped right in front of the wicket as he was looking to play across the line and got struck on his back leg.
Rauf followed it by up a dot ball while the final delivery produced a single in the form of byes to leave Thunders nagging at 145-5.
The Melbourne Stars chased the target easily and registered a comprehensive victory in the game to help their position in the points table.
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