hat-tricks in T20 World Cup

Against Bangladesh at North Sound, Pat Cummins entered the list of cricketers with T20 World Cup hat-tricks.

Apart from being fast bowlers who were part of multiple World Cup-winning squads, what connects Brett Lee and Pat Cummins? Both are Australians with T20 World Cup hat-tricks against Bangladesh – Lee the first ever in the tournament, Cummins the most recent.

Hat-tricks at the T20 World Cup

Brett Lee (Australia v Bangladesh, Cape Town 2007): Bangladesh surprised all by eliminating the seeded West Indians from the T20 World Cup, but their middle order was undone by Brett Lee in their first Super Eights match. Things did not look too bad at 108-3 after 16.2 overs, but Lee took out Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, and Alok Kapali to end their resistance. It was the first-ever T20I hat-trick.

Ekta Bisht (India v Sri Lanka, Colombo – Nondescripts 2012): Sri Lanka were 97-4 when Bisht came to bowl the over of the innings. Dilani Manodara began with two runs before Bisht snared her, Dilani Manodara (the batters had crossed), and Eshani Lokusuriyage with the next three balls. Still not content, she ran out Sandamali Dolawatte with the next ball.

Anya Shrubsole (England v South Africa, Gros Islet 2018): South Africa were no match for Nat Sciver-Brunt (4-1-4-3) that day, and were in tatters at 85-7 after 19 overs. Shrubsole then closed the innings with the wickets of Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, and Yolani Fortune.

Curtis Campher (Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi 2021): It took 14 years for a man to take a T20 World Cup hat-trick since Lee. When Campher ended the barren run, he did it with four wickets in four balls. At 51-2 in 9.1 overs, the Netherlands had a chance to claw back, but Campher took out Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, and Roelof van der Merwe to derail the innings.

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka v South Africa, Sharjah 2021): Hasaranga had already dismissed Aiden Markram before he got a switch of ends. With 31 to defend in 18 balls, he took out Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius, but it was not enough as South Africa won with one ball to spare.

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa v England, Sharjah 2021): A week after Hasaranga’s hat-trick, Rabada needed to defend 14 in the last over when he got Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, and Chris Jordan with the first three balls. South Africa won by 10 runs, but it was not enough for them to make it to the semi-finals.

Kartik Meiyappan (UAE v Sri Lanka, Geelong 2022): Meiyappan’s hat-trick – the first at the T20 World Cup by a bowler from an Associate Nation – featured Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, and Dasun Shanaka. Sri Lanka slipped from 117-2 to 117-5 in the 15th over but won comfortably in the end.

Josh Little (Ireland v New Zealand, Adelaide 2022): Yet another death-over hat-trick as Little dismissed Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham, and Mitchell Santner in the 19th over. it did Ireland good – New Zealand got only 11 in the last 11 balls of the innings – but they lost by 35 runs in the end.

Pat Cummins (Australia v Bangladesh, Gros Islet 2024): Bangladesh's innings was in the doldrums from the onset, and Cummins put the final nail in the coffin with a hat-trick spread across the 18th (Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan) and 20th (Towhid Hridoy) overs. Bangladesh finished on 140-8. Australia were in firm control of the chase at 64-0 after 6.2 overs when rain stopped play.

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