The Asians rocked the Big Bash League on Wednesday when two of them bagged hattricks. Rashid Khan of Adelaide Strikers and Haris Rauf of Melbourne Stars took three wickets in three balls in their respective matches.
In the first of the doubleheader on Wednesday, Adelaide Strikers hosted Sydney Sixers in which Strikers made a paltry score of 135 runs. It would have been a walk in the park for Sixers but Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan had different ideas. Came to the attack in the seventh over, Rashid bowled his four overs on the trot and scalped the likes of James Vince and Jack Edwards on the final two deliveries of 11th over.
Rashid came back in the 13th over to finish off his spell with a hat-trick chance and cleaned Jordan Silk up on the first ball to bag the third hattrick of his T20 career. It was a sheer brilliance of Khan that brought Strikers back in the game but eventually couldn’t defend their score and Sixers chased the total in the 19th over. Rashid finished his spell with 4 for 22.
In the second match of the day, the cameras moved to the iconic MCG where Melbourne Stars hosted Sydney Thunder. Thunders’ batting first started superbly and scored 145 runs in their quota of 20 overs and lost 5 wickets out of which 3 of them were in the final over of their innings. The man of the hour this time was Pakistan’s Haris Rauf.
Rauf who was initially a replacement of Dale Steyn took a 5-fer in just his second game of BBL before making way for Steyn. Although, another opportunity awaited for the 26-year-old Pakistani. At the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Haris Rauf became the first Stars cricketer to take a hattrick. He scalped Matthew Gilkes, Callum Ferguson, and Daniel Sams on the second, third, and fourth delivery of the final over. Rauf finished his spell with 3 for 23.