Properly, hero-to-zero moments actually don’t get any greater than this.
The hero in query was Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya, who claimed a T20I hat-trick in opposition to the West Indies on Thursday (AEDT) in his return to worldwide cricket.
The all-rounder final performed a global in September 2019, however got here again with a bang in Antigua by eradicating Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran with consecutive balls in his second over.
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His third over?
It went for 36.
Kieron Pollard accomplished the proper set, blasting six sixes in an all-time brutal counterpunch for the hosts.
He’s solely the third individual to ever obtain the feat in worldwide cricket, becoming a member of Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh.
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“Unsure many bowlers within the historical past of cricket would wish to overlook the day they took a hat-trick,” wrote Cricbuzz journalist Bharat Sundaresan. “Akila Dananjaya may come the closest.
“Hat-trick adopted by being hit for six sixes within the subsequent over. Speak of cricket being the best leveller however to this extent?”
Pollard received out the following ball he confronted the next over, however was nonetheless named man-of-the-match for his 38 off 11 balls.
Dananjaya, in the meantime, completed with figures of 3-62.
It was the most costly four-over spell by any bowler within the Caribbean — beating Eire bowler Barry McCarthy’s 0-55 final 12 months — and the third-most ever by a Sri Lankan in a T20.
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Sri Lanka, bidding to win a cricket match for the primary time in a 12 months, made a below-par 131-9 within the first innings
The vacationers had been put into bat by the 2012 and 2016 world champions whose line-up included 41-year-old batting star Gayle, taking part in his first recreation for the West Indies in two years.
Pathum Nissanka marked his Sri Lanka debut with a high rating of 39 off 34 balls with 4 boundaries and one among his workforce’s solely three sixes.
The 22-year-old batsman shared a 51-run second wicket partnership with opener Niroshan Dickwella (33).
Nevertheless, the vacationers by no means received to grips with the correct West Indies assault which featured 39-year-old quick bowler Fidel Edwards making his return to the workforce for the primary time since 2012.
Left-arm quick bowler Obed McCoy, taking part in simply his third T20 Worldwide, had the perfect figures of 2-25 from his 4 overs.
Jason Holder completed with a cost-effective 1-19 whereas there was additionally a wicket for 21-year-old debutant off-spinner Kevin Sinclair who opened the bowling and claimed the wicket of Danushka Gunathilaka.
The second and third video games within the collection additionally happen on the Coolidge Cricket Floor on March 5 and seven.
The groups will then play three ODIs and two Checks.