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Faheem Ashraf becomes Pakistan’s first bowler to take Twenty20 hat-trick

Faheem Ashraf became the first Pakistan cricket team bowler to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals as he helped his team to a sensational two-wicket win in Abu Dhabi.

cricket Updated: Oct 28, 2017 12:35 IST
Omnisport, Abu Dhabi
Pakistan national cricket team,Faheem Ashraf,Shadab Khan
Faheem Ashraf became the first Pakistan bowler and sixth overall to take a hat-trick in Twenty20 Internationals as Sarfraz Ahmed’s side took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against Sri Lanka.(Getty Images)

Faheem Ashraf became the first Pakistan bowler to take a Twenty20 international hat-trick in a dramatic two-wicket series-sealing win as Sri Lanka paid for an almighty batting collapse in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas urged the tourists to show more character after they lost the first match on Thursday, but they capitulated from 106-1 to 124-9 a day later after a half-century from Danushka Gunathilaka (51) at the top of the order.

Hasan Ali (2-31) and Shadab Khan (1-14) produced impressive spells, but it was all-rounder Ashraf who stole the show, finishing with figures of 3-16 after striking three times in as many balls in a sensational penultimate over at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The tourists were far more impressive in the field, but Shadab struck a six and Gunathilaka dropped a catch in a tense final over as Pakistan sealed victory with a ball to spare to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The 23-year-old Ashraf is the sixth bowler overall to register a hat-trick in the shortest format of the game, finishing with 3-16 in his three overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Ashraf dismissed Isuru Udana, Mahela Udawatte and Dasun Shanaka off successive deliveries in only his third Twenty20 international.

Australia’s Brett Lee became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the shortest format during the 2007 World Twenty20 against Bangladesh in Cape Town. Jacob Oram and Tim Southee secured hat-tricks against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. The Sri Lankan duo of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga also claimed hat-tricks in 2016 and 2017 against India and Pakistan.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 12:28 IST