Cricket 2020: Rashid Khan BBL hat trick, Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers
Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan, one of the world’s best short-format bowlers, claimed a stunning hat-trick at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, cementing himself in the history books.
Representing the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, Khan snared three wickets in three deliveries to dismantle the Sydney Sixers batting line up.
The 21-year-old became the fourth cricketer to take a BBL hat-trick, joining Xavier Doherty, Josh Lalor and Andrew Tye, the latter achieving the feat twice.
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Incredibly, Melbourne Stars cult hero Haris Rauf became the fifth name on that list less than three hours later, snaring his own hat-trick at the MCG.
Big Bash League Hat-Tricks:
Xavier Doherty (Hurricanes) v Thunder in BBL 02
Andrew Tye (Scorchers) v Heat in BBL 06
Andrew Tye (Scorchers) v Sixers in BBL 07
Josh Lalor (Heat) v Scorchers in BBL 08
Rashid Khan (Strikers) v Sixers in BBL 09#BBL #BBL09
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) January 8, 2020
Khan’s first scalp was English batsman James Vince, who topscored for the Sixers with 27. A ripping leg spinner kissed the outside edge of Vince’s bat, and wicket keeper Alex Carey claimed a smart catch behind the stumps.
The following dismissal was somewhat controversial — youngster Jack Edwards came to the crease and was struck on the pad straight away. After a lengthy wait, the umpire raised his finger, and Khan had two wickets in two balls.
Replays showed the ball would have missed leg stump, Hawkeye validating those suspicions.
The Fox Cricket commentators were not pleased with the umpire’s decision, Adam Gilchrist calling it “shocking” and Andrew Symonds classifying it as a “poor decision”.
However, there were zero doubts about Khan’s third wicket. A perfectly-executed wrong un pitched on a good length, ripped past the inside edge of Jordan Silk’s bat and crashed into middle stump.
The Adelaide crowd went wild, and Khan celebrated in trademark fashion; arms wide, soaring across the Adelaide Oval turf.
The hat-trick was Khan’s third in T20 cricket — the Afghan becomes the fifth cricketer to achieve the rare feat, alongside veterans Amit Mishra, Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell and Tye.
Rashid Khan — Hat-tricks in T20s
Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs in 2017
Afghanistan v Ireland in 2019
ADELAIDE STRIKERS v SYDNEY SIXERS in 2020
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 8, 2020
Khan ended his four overs with the superb figures of 4/22. Despite his stellar performance with the ball, the Strikers suffered a narrow two-wicket loss at Adelaide Oval.
With 749 points, Khan is currently ranked the number one bowler on the ICC T20I rankings. The leg spinner has taken 284 wickets in 200 matches at a formidable average of 16.95.
Khan also boasts the lowest T20I bowling average in history, with 12.52.
The Strikers struck gold when they signed the teenage superstar Khan for BBL07. During his debut season in blue, he claimed the most wickets in the tournament; 18 scalps at an average of 13.83.
Multiple cricketers praised the young leggie on Twitter, Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch calling him an “unbelievable” talent.
“Well bowled mate! Any player that makes people come through the gate like this man is worth their weight in gold!” Finch posted.
The nailbiting victory pushes the Sixers to top spot on the BBL ladder after recording five consecutive wins.
The Strikers will next face the Melbourne Renegades in a home fixture on Sunday.
Originally published as T20 hero joins exclusive hat-trick club