It was a day of hat-trick in the Big Bash League (BBL) 09. After Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan claimed a hat-trick for Adelaide Strikers against Sydney Sixers, Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf took three wickets in as many balls for Melbourne Stars versus Sydney Thunder at MCG on Wednesday (January 8).
Rauf struck thrice in consecutive deliveries in the final over of Thunder's innings. He dismissed well-set Matthew Gilkes for 41 with a slower ball that was flicked straight into the hands of the boundary rider at deep fine leg and then knocked over skipper Callum Ferguson for 35.
In the hat-trick ball, Haris trapped Daniel Sams in front of the wickets with a pacy inswinger.
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Coming to the match, Stars restricted Thunder on 145/5 in 20 overs. Apart from Haris Rauf (3/23), Adam Zampa (1/22) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/16) also picked up wicket apiece.
In reply, the hosts rode on captain Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 37-ball 59 and Marcus Stoinis’ 44-ball 50 to overhaul the target with 6 wickets and 13 balls to spare.
Arjun Nair (1/15), Jonathan Cook (1/18) and Daniel Sams (1/36) chipped in with one wicket each for Sydney Thunder.