The 25-year-old Papua New Guinea (PNG) pacer Norman Vanua created history on Saturday (19th October) morning during their opening match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. Vanua became the first PNG player to claim an international hat-trick and 10th overall bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. However, it was the 11th hat-trick in T20I history (Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has claim two T20I hat-tricks).
It was the Group A match between Bermuda and PNG at ICCA Dubai. PNG decided to field first after winning the toss. Bermuda had already weak start in this game before Norman Vanua claimed his hat-trick.
Bermuda were struggling on 11/2 in two overs when Norman Vanua started his first over of that game. The right-arm medium pacer took three successive wickets on the fourth, fifth and sixth delivery of that over as Bermuda went down to 11/5 in three overs.
At first, Vanua bowled the opener and captain Dion Stovell (1) with a brilliant full-length delivery that uprooted the off-stump.
On the very next delivery, Kamau Leverock (0) lost his wicket through the caught behind after the left-handed batsman managed an inside edge that safely travelled to the wicketkeeper Kiplin Doriga’s hands. Kamau Leverock is the nephew of Dwayne Leverock, who became famous during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
Coming to the hat-trick, Vanua completed his historic T20I hat-trick after dismissing Deunte Darrell (0). This time Vanua delivered a toe-crusher yorker to the right-handed batsman Darrell and brilliantly trapped him for the lbw. After taking that wicket, Vanua and his teammates hugely celebrated for that historic achievement.
Norman Vanua became the second bowler from the non-Test member to claim an international hat-trick.
It was the 11th T20I hat-trick, while Norman Vanua became the 10th bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. He also became the first PNG bowler to register an international hat-trick.
However, Norman Vanua is only the second bowler from the non-Test member (non-Full-member) to claim an international hat-trick. Just a few days ago, Oman leg-spinner Khawar Ali claimed a T20I hat-trick against the Netherlands. Khawar Ali was the first bowler from the non-Test member (non-Full-member) to claim an international hat-trick.
PNG bundled out Bermuda for just 89 runs (17.2 overs). Norman Vanua had the bowling figures of 2.2-1-14-3 and it was the best bowling figures in that game.
In reply, PNG openers easily chased down that target in 10.2 overs without losing any wicket. PNG won this game by ten wickets with 58 balls remaining. Openers Tony Ura and the captain Assad Vala remained not out on 33 and 53 runs respectively.