The Big Bash League (BBL) has up to this point matched up to fans’ reckoning in view of the fact that it has provided them with some exhilarating clash between the bat and ball. The T20 format his often criticised for being the batsman’s game, but the bowlers have also made headlines with some breathtaking spells, proving the nitpicker off the mark.
The two separate BBL matches on Wednesday, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf scalped hat tricks featuring for Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars respectively. Rashid Khan, who plays in different leagues around the world, picked his third T20 hat-trick playing for Adelaide Strikers against Sydney Sixers.
Rashid Khan's hat-trick was spread across two overs. He first dismissed James Vince on the second last ball of the 11th over and then took out Jack Edwards lbw for a duck.
Rashid Khan, who is the No. 1 T20I bowler in the world, confined Jordan Silk (16) on the first ball of the 13th over to attain his hat-trick.
Regardless of excelling with the ball and returning with figures of 4 for 22, Rashid could not help his side win the match. Rashid's spell, however, did give Sydney Sixers some nervy moments in their 136-run chase.
The second hat-trick of the day came when Melbourne Stars' Haris Rauf dismissed Matthew Gilkes, Callum Ferguson and Daniel Sams off successive balls in the final over of Sydney Thunder's innings. This was the first hat-trick for any Melbourne Stars bowler in the BBL.
Rauf was the pick of the bowlers for his side as he got three batsmen out, giving away just 23 runs in his four-over. His spell also helped Stars restrict Thunder to 145/5 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.