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WATCH: Pat Cummins Claims Back-To-Back Hat-tricks In T20 World Cup 2024
By SMCS - Jun 23, 2024 12:03 pm
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Australia had a good day with the ball during their T20 World Cup 2024, Super 8 match against Afghanistan in Kingstown. Asked to bat first, Afghanistan had a great start as their Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51) stitched a 118-run partnership as well. Later, Australia bounced back and scalped quick wickets to restrict Afghanistan to 148/6 in 20 overs as well. However, the day entirely belonged to pacer spearhead Pat Cummins, who created history with his back-to-back hattricks in the ongoing tournament as well.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins

In the last game against Bangladesh, Pat Cummins registered his maiden hat trick in the format. Two days later, he became the first player to pick consecutive hattricks in the history of T20Is as well. The ODI World Cup winner first picked up the wicket of Rashid Khan on the last delivery of the 18th over. Later, he removed Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib on the first two deliveries of the 20th over as well.

Pat Cummins has now joined the veterans like Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tim Southee (New Zealand), Mark Pavlovic (Serbia), and Waseem Abbas (Malta), as they have also registered two hattricks in T20Is as well.

“Crazy. Played 100-odd games for Australia, (now) got two in a row. I thought they batted well. But I also thought we restricted the boundaries. They obviously ran well. Overall, decent bowling effort. Not our tidiest day in the field. Happy with the total,” said Cummins during the innings break. “Don’t know, it’s uncharacteristic (sloppy fielding). Maybe it was the lights. Didn’t change too much (the pitch). There was spin throughout, and a little bit up and down. Not the flattest wicket in the world, but also not a terrible wicket – there’s runs to be scored out there.”

Meanwhile, a top score of 60 off 49 balls (four fours, four sixes) by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and 51 off 48 balls (six fours) from Ibrahim Zadran gave the Afghanisthan a great platform of 118. It was their third-century partnership of the tournament and was reached by the 16th over after they were put into bat first by Australia captain Mitchell Marsh.