Haris Rauf takes maiden T20 hat-trick: The Stars’ fast bowler became the second bowler to grab a hat-trick in the Big Bash League today.
During the 28th match of the ongoing ninth season of the Big Bash League between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder in Melbourne, Melbourne Stars fast bowler registered his maiden T20 hat-trick after he dismissed three batsmen in the last over of the first innings.
Bowling his last over, Rauf dismissed Sydney wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Gilkes (41) after the southpaw skied a delivery to Stars spinner Sandeep Lamichhane at fine leg. Rauf, who had made the limelight for his death-threat celebration earlier in the tournament, was seen celebrating in a subtle manner at the MCG.
With the batsmen crossing before the catch being taken, Thunder captain Callum Ferguson (35) was on strike for the next ball and ended up playing on in a bid to play an innovative shot.
Facing the hat-trick delivery, Thunder all-rounder Daniel Sams (0) was found wanting in front of the stumps as Rauf went on a celebratory run along with other players from the home team.
Rauf, who was introduced into the attack as the first-change bowler, became the second bowler to pick a hat-trick after Adelaide Strikers spinner Rashid Khan achieved the same feat in the first match against Sydney Sixers.
Rauf’s bowling figures of 4-0-23-3 played a vital role in Stars restricting Thunder to 145/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Apart from Rauf, Melbourne fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and spinner Adam Zampa picked up a wicket apiece.
Haris Rauf takes maiden T20 hat-trick
An iconic BBL moment.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 8, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 8, 2020
A day of hat-tricks at the #BBL 🤯
Haris Rauf claims the second 🎩🎩🎩 of the day! pic.twitter.com/s1tTHG8xnA
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) January 8, 2020
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 8, 2020
Fast. Accurate. Exciting. The name is Rauf. Haris Rauf. Hat-trick for Melbourne today with ADAAB celebrations. pic.twitter.com/L5E91aMeOF
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 8, 2020
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