How Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf got their hat-tricks

Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf turned it on in the new year playing for Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars. First, the Afghanistan legspinner nearly turned the game, turning a simple Sydney Sixers chase into a very nervy finish

10.5 Rashid Khan to Vince, OUT, that’s what Strikers needed! Length ball outside off, and a bit of turn away from Vince. He looks to defend, but it takes a big nick into the keeper’s gloves

JM Vince c †Carey b Rashid Khan 27 (20b 4×4 0x6) SR: 135.00

10.6 Rashid Khan to Edwards, OUT, two in two! First-ball duck. Good length on off, but the googly spins inwards. Edwards is caught on the wrong line, and the ball hits him in front of leg stump. Rashid’s massive appeal may have convinced the umpire, because that was sliding down leg for certain

J Edwards lbw b Rashid Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12.1 Rashid Khan to Silk, OUT, he’s got a hat-trick! Full on off, and the googly turns through Silk’s defense, and clips middle stump. The Strikers are now roaring! The BBL’s fifth hat-trick

JC Silk b Rashid Khan 16 (17b 2×4 0x6) SR: 94.11

Then the Pakistan fast bowler took centre stage at the MCG, going bang, bang and bang.

19.2 Haris Rauf to Gilkes, OUT, another slower ball on the legs, skies this flick aiming for midwicket but it sails toward Lamichhane at deep fine leg. He comes in off the rope 15 yards and judges it fairly well, lunging forward at the end to claim this. Give an assist to Zampa for cutting the previous ball to a single to put Gilkes on strike.

M Gilkes c Lamichhane b Haris Rauf 41 (35b 1×4 2×6) SR: 117.14

19.3 Haris Rauf to Ferguson, OUT, on a hat-trick! Another cutter at 125 kph on a fullish length. Ferguson hasn’t looked comfortable since being struck on the toe in Rauf’s previous over. Ferguson shuffles well across his stumps mistimes this off his thigh and ricochets into the stumps.

CJ Ferguson b Haris Rauf 35 (27b 3×4 1×6) SR: 129.62

19.4 Haris Rauf to Sams, OUT, a doubleheader double hat-trick! Good length ball skids on to beat Sams’ flick across and pinned lbw in front of middle. Replays indicate Sams was struck high on the back leg in front of middle and leg with the ball tailing in. Very favorable decision on height and line but he’s bowled very well today.

DR Sams lbw b Haris Rauf 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00