Melbourne Stars’ pacer Haris Rauf has grabbed a hat-trick in the Big Bash League (BBL) clash against Sydney Thunder. Having returned to the Stars’ lineup in the place of Dale Steyn, Rauf once again unleashed destruction with the ball as he dismissed three batsmen on three successive deliveries in the last over of the Thunder innings.
He first removed Matthew Gilkes, who mistimed a flick towards deep fine leg where Sandeep Lamichhane completed a splendid catch. Callum Ferguson was then bamboozled by a slower delivery that knocked over his stumps. With Rauf on a hat-trick on the fourth ball of the over, the 26-year-old darted in a searing good-length delivery that skidded off the pitch to strike the batsman plumb in front of the stumps.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) instantly erupted into raucous chants for Rauf’s special feat as the talented right-arm paceman wheeled away in celebration and was swarmed by his ecstatic teammates. Rauf has carved out a name for himself in the record books by becoming the first Pakistani and Melbourne Stars player to bag a hat-trick in BBL history.
He eventually finished with exceptional figures of 3/23 in four overs, restricting Thunder to 145/5 in 20 overs. Interestingly, Rauf’s terrific hat-trick follows another hat-trick in the day since Rashid Khan achieved this milestone against Sydney Sixers.