Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan is a key player in the shortest format of the game. His ability to pick up wickets and trouble the batsmen makes him an important bowler as well. However, the leggie has recently taken a hat-trick in the recently concluded Big Bash League game against Sydney Sixers.
Rashid Khan and his hat-trick
Rashid cleaned up Sixers’ James Vince and Jack Edwards in successive balls in the 11th over. While Vince was caught out, the leg-spinner trapped Edwards before the stumps. He came to bowl in the 13th over and bowled Jordan Silk for 16. With this, he recorded the hat-trick and added another cap in his hat.
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However, the hat-trick of Rashid Khan came for a losing cause as Sydney Sixers managed to win the game by 2 wickets. Birthday boy Josh Hazlewood smashed three consecutive boundaries to take the team to the finish line. Rashid finished the game with figures of 4 for 22 from his 4 overs.
As far as the game is concerned, Sydney Sixers won the toss and opted to bowl first. Tom Curran’s 4-wicket haul restricted Adelaide Strikers within 135 runs. Jake Weatherald top-scored with 47. Apart from him, only Alex Carey and Cameron Valente reached the double-figure. Ben Dwarshuis and Lloyd Pope picked up 2 wickets each for Sydney Sixers.
While chasing, they lost Justin Avendano for mere 11. They lost another opener, Josh Philippe, within a span of 3 balls, courtesy Michael Neser. Although they lost wickets on regular intervals, it was Hazlewood’s heroics which led them to victory. James Vince top-scored with 27. Except for Rashid’s 4-fer, James Vince bagged 2 wickets whereas Peter Siddle and Harry Conway took 1 wicket each for Adelaide Strikers.