Last Updated on March 4, 2021 by Shiv Nath Hari
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Akila Dhananjay took first hat-trick, then Pollard ate six sixes in one over
Sri Lanka vs West Indies: New Delhi. In the first T20 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka in Antigua, the Caribbean team won by four wickets thanks to a stormy innings by Kieron Pollard. The match will also be remembered for Sri Lankan bowler Akila Dhananjay, who took a brilliant hat-trick in the second over and conceded 36 runs in the third over. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has become the third player in international cricket to hit six sixes in an over. Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs have done this feat before them. Yuvraj hit six sixes off Stuart Broad’s ball against England in the T20 World Cup 2007, while Gibbs scored 36 runs in one-day World Cup 2007 against the Netherlands in Van der Bunga’s 6 sixes in 6 consecutive balls.
Great hat-trick taken before six sixes
In this match, Sri Lanka batting first scored 131 runs at the loss of 9 wickets and set a target of 132 runs to win in front of the West Indies. West Indies openers Lindl Simmons and Evin Lewis got off to a brisk start. Both added 52 runs in 3.2 overs for the first wicket. In the fourth over of the match, Dhananjay completed his hat-trick by dismissing Evin Louis (28), Chris Gayle (0) and Nicholas Pooran (0) for three consecutive balls.
14th hat-trick of T20 cricket
Akila Dhananjay is the 13th and third Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in cricket in T20 International. Before them, Tisara Perera and Lasith Malinga have taken hat-trick in this format. Malinga has done a hat-trick twice. By the way, Lasith Malinga and Afghanistan’s magical spinner Rashid Khan have taken four wickets in four consecutive balls. The record of taking the first hat-trick in T20 cricket was made by former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. Lee did this feat against Bangladesh in T20 World Cup 2007. Apart from this, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Khawar Ali, Deepak Chahar, Ashton Agar and Norman Vanua have also taken hat-trick.
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