Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf lit up the season 9 of Big Bash League by taking hattricks on a single day. It was a double header day in BBL yesterday where Rashid & Rauf produced a piece of magic turning up for their respective teams. Even though there have been plenty of hattricks being taken in T20 cricket but there haven’t been many occasions when a day of cricketing action has seen two hattricks.
In fact, there has only been two times when bowlers have taken two different bowlers have taken hattricks on a single day. Let’s take a look at both of them.
Indian Premier League, 14 April 2017
Such is the rarity of the event that it took IPL 10 seasons to see two hattricks being taken on a single day. Samuel Badree and Andrew James Tye were the two bowlers who made the day memorable by picking up hattricks in their respective games.
In a low scoring affair between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at Chinnaswamy , Samuel Badree while defending a small total of 143 was given the ball in the 3rd over when MI score read 7-1. The first ball was a dot ball but what followed after was a riot.
A googly to Parthiv Patel (3) who picked it well but only managed to lob the ball up to Gayle at cover. MI sent their pinch hitter Mitchell Mcclenaghan (0) to relieve the pressure who hauled out to long in an attempt of trying to hit Badree for a 6. Captain Rohit Sharma (0) was beaten through his defense as the wrong-un sneaked through his bat and pad to hit the woods.
Badree finished with the figure of 4-9 in the match but his efforts went in vain as MI chased down the total riding on Pollard’s 70 off 47 balls at a critical time. Here is the video of Badree’s hattrick.
In the next match on the same day when Gujarat Lions locked horns with the eventual season runner-up Rising Pune Supergiants. Australian pacer Andrew Tye created history by picking up a hattrick on his debut. Tye became the first bowler to achieve this feat in IPL on that very day.
Gujarat made an inspired change by dropping out of form Jason Roy to rope in Andrew Tye. The right arm pacer who is renowned for his skillful death bowling came to bowl the last over with a figure of 2-13 in his 3 overs. He first dismissed Ankit Sharma who skied his slower ball to long on where Brendon Mccullum took a tumbling catch. Manoj Tiwary was his next victim who was safely pouched by Ishan Kishan on Square leg boundary.
While the first 2 wickets had come when batsmen were trying to slog him, the third one was a pure piece of magic from the debutant who bowled a knuckle ball which dipped at the very last moment. Shardul Thakur, being a non recognized batsman failed to read the pace and trajectory of the ball and found his timbre disturbed. Tye’s heroics won Gujarat the match and he finished with 5-17 in his four overs which was also a record.
Big Bash League, 8 January 2020
The second such day came during the 9th and ongoing season of BBL when Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf produced their moments of magic to remind cricket fans of what they’d seen in IPL 3 seasons ago.
Much like Samuel Badree, Rashid Khan & co were defending a small total in the match against Sydney Sixers. Playing for Adelaide Strikers, Rashid was in his 3rd over when he first dismissed James Vince on the 5th ball of his over. Vince was defeated by the extra turn and the ball brushed his bat before the wicket keeper safely pouched it. On the very next ball, he trapped Jack Edwards right in front of the stumps.
Rashid was on a hattrick when he came into bowl his next and team’s 13th over with the score reading 5-83. With Sixers still needing 53 runs in 8 overs, he disturbed Philip Salt’s furniture with a wrong-un to claim his 3rd T20 hattrick. Rashid finished with figures of 4-22 but due to Sixers lower order’s heroics, Rashid’s hattrick went in vain as Strikers lost the match by 2 wickets.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 8, 2020
Haris Rauf is enjoying an incredible season. Before the game we are about to mention, he had picked up 10 wickets in 3 matches only at an average less than 7 and it only got better when Melbourne Stars took on Sydney Thunders in 28th Match of the competition.
If Rashid’s hattrick resembled the one taken by Badree in IPL, Rauf’s hattrick wasn’t behind matching Andrew Tye’s one either. Much like Tye, Rauf came to bowl the final over of the inning. He deceived Matthew Gilkes with his slower ball who ended up hitting the ball to square leg fence. Captain Callum Ferguson was his next victim who again couldn’t read the pace of the ball as it deflected off his pad to his stumps.
After 2 slower balls, Rauf bowled the hattrick ball at 144 kmph. Daniel Sams failed had no answer to the quick and straight delivery as the ball hit his thighs well in front of the stumps who was adjudged LBW by the umpire. Rauf ended on the winning side and finished the match with 3-23.
An iconic BBL moment.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 8, 2020