Pakistan’s Mohammad Hasnain picked up a hat-trick against Sri Lanka in the first T20I at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. He became the youngest bowler to take a T20I hat-trick. Hasnain achieved this feat at the age of 19 years and 183 days.
Pakistan won the toss in the first T20I and decided to bowl first. Hasnain, in his first two overs, went for 12 and 10 runs, respectively.
He came back for his second spell in the sixteenth over and picked up Bhanuka Rajapaksa on the last ball of the over with a toe-crushing Yorker. Then in the eighteenth over, he dismissed Sri Lankan Skipper Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya off the first two balls to complete the hat-trick.
In his second spell, the young speedster only Conceded 15 runs to finish his quota of four overs for 37 runs. His comeback spell helped Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par total of 165.
Coming back to the Hat-trick Mohammad Hasnain achieved in the first T20I, He becomes the 2nd Pakistani bowler to claim the record. Faheem Ashraf is the only other Pakistani bowler to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is. He also achieved this feat against Sri Lanka when they visited Pakistan for the lone T20I on September 2017.
Mohammad Hasnain Can Be A Lethal Weapon For Pakistan In The Near Future
Hasnain has been bowling really well from the last couple of months. He bowled his heart out in Caribbean Premier League (CPL), where he was representing Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR). The young Pakistani speedster clocked 150KPH consistently in the CPL. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called him back immediately to fulfill his national assignment. Hasnain kept warming the bench during the rain-affected ODI series.
In the T20I series, the emerging star got a chance to roll his arm and made sure that he makes it count. Hasnain has got pace, and he can be a lethal weapon for Pakistan Cricket Team in the future.
Hasnain is lucky enough to be playing alongside with Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir. All he needs to do is to add some variety into his bowling. Adding some variation will give him more space to survive in T20 cricket. He needs more chances regularly to play for Pakistan. The more he plays International cricket, the more he will learn and implement it in the future.