Pakistan teenager Mohammad Hasnain creates world record with hat-trick against Sri Lanka
Pakistani teenager Mohammad Hasnain created a big record in just his second T20 international. Playing against Sri Lanka in the first T20I, Hasnain became the youngster cricketer in the history of the shortest format to take a hat-trick. Hasnain is just 19 years and 183 days as he achieved the big feat in his young career. He surpassed Rashid Khan, who had taken a hat-trick in earlier this year when he was 20 years old. Hasnain picked up the wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksa (32), Dasun Shanaka (17) and Shehan Jayasuriya (2) to shatter the world record.
Despite his hat-trick, Hasnain ended up conceding 37 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Sri Lanka went on to score 165 runs with the loss of 5 wickets in the first innings as opener Danushka Gunathilaka scored a half-century in Lahore.
New-look Sri Lanka achieved their biggest T20 win over world number one Pakistan by 64 runs on the back of some brilliant batting and bowling in Lahore on Saturday. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka scored a career best 57 and despite a hat-trick by teenage Pakistan paceman Mohammad Hasnain Sri Lanka posted a challenging 165-5 in their 20 overs.
Fast bowlers Isuru Udana (3-11) and Nuwan Pradeep (3-21) then dismantled Pakistan for 101 in 17.4 overs to give Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Pradeep had world number one Twenty20 batsman Babar Azam in the second over to set the platform for their biggest win against Pakistan in 19 bilateral matches.
The previous biggest T20 win by Sri Lanka over Pakistan was by 37 runs at Hambantota in 2012. Pakistan needed a big innings from Azam who promised much with two boundaries but was caught behind off Pradeep.
Comeback stars Umar Akmal fell for a first ball duck while Ahmed Shehzad managed just four before skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (24 off 30 balls) and Iftikhar Ahmed (25 off 24) added 46 runs for the fourth wicket. However, they batted slowly and the asking rate soared..