Mohammad Hasnain Becomes Youngest Bowler To Claim T20I Hat-Trick
The 19-year-old Pakistan right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain claimed a hat-trick on Saturday (5th October) evening during the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka. He became the youngest bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick.
Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore) hosted this T20I match where Sri Lanka batted first after losing the toss. Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando provided a very good start for the visitors as they put the 84 runs partnership.
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After Gunathilaka lost his wicket on 57 runs off 38 balls (8 fours and only six), Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put the 36 runs partnership for the second wicket. Fernando scored 33 runs before losing his wicket in a run-out and Rajapaksa managed to score 32 runs.
Mohammad Hasnain became the second Pakistan bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick
In the death overs, the youngster Mohammad Hasnain recorded his T20I hat-trick. It was only his second T20I and already registered his name in the top record book. He managed this hat-trick in two overs.
Mohammad Hasnain started his hat-trick journey with the wicket of Rajapaksa. On the 15.6 overs, Hasnain trapped the international debutant for lbw. On his very next delivery on 18.1 overs, captain Dasun Shanaka (17 runs) was caught out at the deep long-on while Umar Akmal took that catch. Hasnain dismissed Shehan Jayasuriya (2 runs) on the next ball after Ahmed Shehzad took a catch at the cover and the young pacer completed his hat-trick.
It was the ninth hat-trick in T20I history. However, Mohammad Hasnain became the eighth bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick (Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has claimed two T20I hat-tricks). Also, he became the second Pakistan bowler, after the right-arm medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf, to claim a T20I hat-trick. On 27th October 2017, Faheem Ashraf claimed his T20I hat-trick against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi.
Mohammad Hasnain claimed this hat-trick at the age of 19 years and 183 days. Hasnain broke the previous record of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (20 years and 257 days) and became the youngest bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. On 24th February 2019, Rashid Khan recorded that hat-trick against Ireland by claiming four wickets in four successive deliveries.
Mohammad Hasnain finished with the bowling figures of 4-0-37-3. His impressive bowling effort helped Pakistan to restrict the Sri Lankan team to 165/5 (20 overs). Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was the only other wicket-taker in that innings.
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Sri Lanka won this match by 64 runs
However, Pakistan batsmen massively failed in the second innings and they were all out on just 101 runs. Only the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (24 runs) and Iftikhar Ahmed (25 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Opener Babar Azam (13 runs) was the only other batsman to manage the double-digit score in that innings.
Sri Lankan pacers Nuwan Pradeep (3/21) and Isuru Udana (3/11) dominated and both claimed three wickets each.
Sri Lanka won this match by 64 runs while the opener Danushka Gunathilaka won the Player of the Match award. After December 2013, it was the first T20I victory for Sri Lanka against Pakistan, Before this victory, Pakistan won six consecutive T20Is against Sri Lanka. With this victory, Sri Lanka are leading this series by 1-0 with two matches to go.
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