Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain youngest to claim hat-trick in T20Is

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Mohammad Hasnain, 19 years and 183 days old, became the youngest ever cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. While playing against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Hasnain removed Bhanuka Rajapaksa (32), Dasun Shanaka (17) and Shehan Jayasuriya (2) off successive deliveries to achieve this feat.

After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to send Sri Lanka in to bat in the first Twenty20 international in Lahore.

Hasnain was playing only his 2nd T20I match on Saturday after Pakistan decided to include him in the playing XI against Sri Lanka in the first game of the 3-match series. Though, the nineteen-year-old pacer was expensive as he conceded 37 runs in his four overs, he eventually ended up taking 3 wickets for his team.

He had a difficult first two overs but he came back strong in his third, getting Banuka Rajapaksha out with a fast yorker. He picked up a wicket on the final ball of the 16th over and two more on the first two balls of the 19th and finally finished with figures of 3-37.

Earlier, Pakistan cruised to a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI in Karachi on Wednesday to clinch the three-match series 2-0 at the National Stadium. Pakistan had won the second ODI by 67 runs while the first match was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Chasing 298 for victory, Pakistan rode on Fakhar Zaman and Abid Ali’s superb half-centuries to reach the target with 10 balls to spare.

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