A nail-biting match between Pakistan vs Sri Lanka creates several records in the history of International cricket in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
A last over finish. A hat-trick. A fifty. An appeal for obstructing the field. A superb display of death bowling. And a 19-year old all-rounder showing outstanding skills under pressure.
Here are the records created in the game
1. Number of consecutive bilateral series victories in T20I cricket for Pakistan. They are the first team to win five bilateral T20I series in a row. Pakistan defeated England (1-0), Windies (3-0 and 3-10), World XI (2-1) and now Sri Lanka in their last five T20I series.
2. Number of batsmen who were run out in this game, three Sri Lankans and two from Pakistan. The last instance of five players getting run out in a T20I was during the Pakistan v World XI T20I at Lahore which is the only other such instance in the last seven years.
3. Faheem Ashraf became the first Pakistan bowler to take a hat-trick in T20I cricket. He is also the first to take a hat-trick in International cricket in 15 years as the last one was Mohammad Sami in March 2002. Overall, seven players picked up 12 hat-tricks in International cricket before Faheem.
4. His hat-trick is the 1st in International cricket in the United Arab Emirates. Overall, this is the 3rd hat-trick in Twenty20s in UAE after GK Berg of Italy recorded in 2013/14 and SP Gauchan of Nepal in 2011/12.
5. Faheem Ashraf is now only the 6th player to take a hat-trick in T20I cricket. The last one was by Lasith Malinga earlier this year against Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
6. At the age of 19 years and 23 days, Shadab Khan became the youngest to score the winning runs in a T20I game. Nepal’s Sompal Kami scored winning runs in 2015 against Netherlands at the age of 19 years and 151 days.
7. Number of losses in International cricket for Sri Lanka in 2017. These are the most number of losses in International cricket for any team in a calendar year. Zimbabwe lost 32 International games in 2015.
8. Danushka Gunathilaka’s 46-ball fifty is the 3rd slowest fifty for Sri Lanka in T20I cricket. Angelo Mathews scored a 50-ball fifty in 2017 while Kumar Sangakkara needed 47 balls in 2013 for his fifty against South Africa.