Ashton Agar hat-trick vs South Africa: The Australian all-rounder bowled a phenomenal spell in the tour opener in South Africa.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of South Africa in Johannesburg, Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar became the second Australian player (after Brett Lee) to register a T20I hat-trick.
Having registered bowling figures of 4-0-24-5, Agar also made sure that he picked the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler in the format surpassing all-rounder James Faulkner’s 4-0-27-5 against Pakistan in Mohali in 2016. Faulkner and Agar remain the only two Australian bowlers with a five-wicket haul in this format.
Agar, who was introduced into the attack as a third change bowler in the eighth over, created instant impact by picking as many as three wickets in his first over itself.
Having lost four wickets in a 197-run chase, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis’ (24) attempt of playing an aerial shot off Agar saw him hitting the ball straight to Australia seamer Kane Richardson in the deep.
A jittery all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (0) was found wanting in front of the stumps on the following delivery as the hosts further made things improbable for them.
Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, who came out at No. 8 to face the hat-trick ball, edged the ball to Australia captain Aaron Finch to become a historic wicket for 26-year old Agar.
Having bundled out South Africa for 89 in 14.3 overs, Australia registered a 107-run victory to start their tour on a winning note.
Ashton Agar hat-trick vs South Africa
Ashton Agar starred with bat and ball including a stunning hattrick to help Australia to a crushing win over South Africa in Johannesburg. Agar was named player of the match and finished with five wickets in the T20 series opener. https://t.co/TWh1KQycs4 @7Cricket #7ENWS pic.twitter.com/CQVGcYXJxu
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 22, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Ashton Agar, you beauty!
Our Aussies have made a flying start to the Qantas Tour of South Africa, with a 107-run win in the first T20 – and Agar taking a hat-trick! 🙌
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) February 21, 2020
— WACA (@WACA_Cricket) February 22, 2020
Ashton Agar (20* off 9, 4-0-24-5) the obvious choice for MOTM at the Wanderers.
But SA were 42 for 4 after seven overs in a chase of 197 (ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster gave Australia a 98.5% chance) when he came on to bowl – Finch/Cummins probably did more to help their chances… https://t.co/nDJUZWqq5A
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) February 21, 2020
SA tottering at 44-7, chasing 197 🙏
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) February 21, 2020
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