Josh Little Hat-Trick in the death over restricted New Zealand to cross over 200 Runs. Pacer Josh little has made history by becoming only the sixth player in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history, and the second from Ireland to do so.
Josh Little Hat-Trick
Little completed a hat-trick by dismissing three New Zealand batters in the last over of their match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, joining teammate Curtis Campher as Ireland players to achieve the unusual accomplishment. In the 19th over of the contest against New Zealand, the left-armer claimed the huge scalps of Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham, and Mitchell Santner, with successive LBW rulings on the next two deliveries capping the unusual feat.
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Little concludes the T20 World Cup with an excellent 11 wickets, with his 3/22 against New Zealand giving him a total of 7/59 from 11 overs against the Kiwis, England, and Australia. Little’s exploits overshadowed Williamson’s return to form, as the New Zealand skipper blasted 61 off 35 deliveries to help his team put on 185/6 after being sent into bat by Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie. During his innings, the Kiwi skipper showed glimpses of his best, finding the center of the bat on multiple occasions until he was undone by Little.
Campher’s hat trick occurred against the Netherlands last year, when he took the wickets of Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, and Roelof van der Merwe to complete an even more unusual double hat-trick.
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There have now been six hat-tricks at T20 World Cups, with two of them occurring at this year’s game in Australia. Karthik Meiyappan of the UAE hit the first hat-trick in Australia during his team’s First Round defeat against Sri Lanka in Geelong.