Abu Dhabi: Ireland allrounder Curtis Campher became the third bowler in world cricket to have taken four wickets in four successive deliveries in T20Is against the Netherlands in their group A encounter in the T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga were the other two bowlers to have achieved the same feat.Also Read - Jasprit Bumrah Press Conference Ahead of ODIs vs South Africa: Virat Kohli's Role to India's Playing XI; Things That Could be Revealed
Campher dismissed Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate and Scott Edwards to take a hattrick and went a step ahead by getting rid of Roelof van der Merwe in the very next ball to complete four dismissals in four balls. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Can be a Good Choice to Take Over From Virat Kohli as India's Next Test Captain
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Campher also became the second player in the men’s T20 World Cup to have taken a hattrick after Brett Lee took one in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007.
Opting to bat first, the Netherlands got off to a terrible start, having lost Ben Cooper in the very first over of the match, courtesy of an awful call by Max ODowd. Ever since the run-out, the Dutch team kept losing wickets at regular intervals before being dismissed for 106 in their allotted 20 overs.
Max ODowd (51) was the top-scorer for the Netherlands while Campher was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland, returning with figures of 4 for 26 in his four overs. Mark Adair was also impressive with the ball in hand as he picked up three wickets, giving away only 9 runs in his 4 overs.
Campher’s previous best match figures were 3 for 19 in T20s before this performance.