Pakistan took an invincible 2-0 lead the three-match T20I against Sri Lanka by winning the second T20I in, a thrilling finish, by two wickets.
Faheem Ashraf emerged as the hero with a sensational hat-trick in the last game against Sri Lanka, removing Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana and Mahela Udawatte off the last three balls of the 19th over. It was Pakistan’s first T20I hat-trick.
23-years old gave 16 runs in three overs and picked three wickets.
Pakistan’s another top bowling performance saw them restrict Sri Lanka to 124 for 9 in the second T20I.
Ashraf is only the sixth bowler in the history of the game to scalp a T20I hat-trick. Also, this is the first time in the last 15 years that a Pakistan bowler has converted the third ball into a wicket, after taking two in two in international cricket.
Australia’s Brett Lee became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the shortest format during the 2007 World Twenty20 against Bangladesh in Cape Town. Jacob Oram and Tim Southee secured hat-tricks against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. The Sri Lankan duo of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga also claimed hat-tricks in 2016 and 2017 against India and Pakistan.
Pakistan, which also clinched the ODI series 5-0, will now look for one more whitewash when the team face off in the last T20I in Lahore on Sunday, October 29.