Sri Lanka teen Hasaranga bags debut hat-trick

Wanidu Hasaranga becomes third bowler to claim hat-trick on ODI debut
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe: Wanidu Hasaranga Picks Hat-trick on Debut; Third Cricketer to Do So
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02 July, 2017

Wanidu Hasaranga claimed a hat-trick and helped Sri Lanka skittle Zimbabwe out for 155 in 33.4 overs in the second one-day worldwide, being played at the Galle. He bowled only 16 balls but tore through Zimbabwe's tail.

Hasaranga's hat-trick came in what was the final over of the innings as he bagged the last three wickets.

His bowling backed up the effort by left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan who ran through the Zimbabwe batting line up taking four wickets for 52, his career best bowling figures in one-day global cricket.

Very few expected the outcome in favour of Zimbabwe, as the hosts had put on 316 on the board after Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga starred with the bat. The part-timer, who had bowled only less than 50 overs in his List A career, cleaned up Malcolm Waller of his second ball in ODI cricket and followed it up by trapping Donald Tiripano in front of the wicket. Meanwhile, he claimed his third by knocking off Tendai Chatara's bails as the Zimbabwe side was bundled out for mere 155 runs.

Hamilton Masakadza the top scorer of the Zimbabwe innings was caught and bowled by Asela Gunaratne for 41 off 56 deliveries. He became only the third player in ODI history to take a hat-trick on debut after Bangladesh's Taijul Islam and South Africa's Kagiso Rabada. Sri Lanka after getting mowed down in the first one-dayer of the series, made a strong comeback into the series.


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