Pakistan’s latest speed sensation Mohammad Hasnain became the youngest bowler to pocket a hat-trick in T20 Internationals on Saturday. At 19 years and 183 days, Hasnain bowled with a lot of fire and plenty and achieved the feat in the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at the Gaddaffi Stadium in Lahore.
He picked up the wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, skipper Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya to register his name in the history books of cricket. It took some time for his teammates to realise about the achievement since Hasnain’s feat was split across two overs.
The Hyderabad-born speedster also became the second-ever Pakistan cricketer to complete a hat-trick in the shortest format after Faheem Ashraf. Interestingly, Ashraf also picked up his hat-trick against the same opponents in 2017.
Hasnain is the second youngest bowler to register a hat-trick in men’s international cricket (Tests, ODIs, T20Is). Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed was the youngest to achieve the feat at 19 years and 81 days (in ODIs) when his side were up against arch-rivals India in 1991 at Sharjah.
Hasnain finished with impressive figures of 3/37 from his four overs. His brilliant effort in the field helped the hosts restrict Sri Lanka to 165. Along with senior paceman Mohammad Amir, Hasnain bowled brilliantly in tandem as Pakistan conceded only 15 runs in the last three overs.
For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored with a well-made 57 off 38 balls — his innings studded with eight boundaries and one six.