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Faheem Ashraf becomes first Pakistan bowler to take hat-trick in T20I Cricket

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Faheem Ashraf became the first Pakistan bowler to take a hat-trick in T20 Internationals when he achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in the second T20I in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The Pakistan all-rounder took the hat-trick in the 19th over of the Sri Lanka innings.

Faheem come on to bowl the 19th over of the innings and his third. After first three balls, Faheem picked his first wicket in the form of Udana. A slower bouncer by Faheem was pulled but Hasan Ali timed his jump to perfection at short fine-leg to take the catch.

Udawatte was the second wicket to fall when Faheem bowled a wide ball outside off and the Sri Lankan batsman tried to play it big. He managed to smash it to deep cover where Babar Azam took a catch running towards his left.

The hat-trick was compeleted when Shanaka was adjudged leg-bef0re wicket. He tried to slap it across the wicket but was struck on the pads. In his three overs, Faheem gave only 16 runs and picked the three wickets.

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Ashraf is only the sixth bowler in the history of the game to scalp a T20I hat-trick. Also, this is the first time in the last 15 years that a Pakistan bowler has converted the third ball into a wicket, after taking two in two in international cricket.

Faheem Ashraf (PAK) vs Sri Lanka in 2017
Lasith Malinga (SL) vs Bangladesh in 2017
Thisara Perera (SL) vs India in Ranchi 2016
Tim Southee (NZ) vs Pakistan in 2010
Jacob Oram (NZ) vs Sri Lanka in 2009
Brett Lee (AUS) vs Bangladesh in 2007