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Mohammad Hasnain and the greatest debut over the Big Bash has seen

Sit down kiddies, because it’s time for a story that’ll send you all to sleep.

One fine Sunday evening, the Adelaide Strikers were chasing a reasonable Sydney Thunder total of 173 at the Showground, and the visitors raced out to a fine total of 0-24 after 2 overs, as Matt Short took some kind of a dislike to Saqib Mahmood’s bowling.

Unfortunately for this blue band of Croweaters, when the 3rd over rolled around, little did they know they were about to get a dose of the latest ace Pakistani paceman to grace our glorified grade cricket Twenty20 league, following in the footsteps of Yasir Arafat, Usman Shinwari and Haris ‘Wreck It’ Rauf…

MOHAMMAD HASNAIN.


Ball 1: Jake Weatherald works a leg bye down to fine leg, which by rule doesn’t go down as a run against Hasnain.

Ball 2: Short flicks Hasnain down the leg side, straight down the throat of Daniel Sams on the deep square leg boundary, sending Short on his way for 13 off 6 balls

Ball 3: Weatherald crosses and takes strike – Hasnain bowls a rocket and smashes Weatherald on his back pad to get him plumb LBW for 10 off 9, landing himself on a hat-trick just 3 balls into his Big Bash career.

Ball 4: The hat-trick ball to Jono Wells ends up being a dot after Wells gets down to defend the half-volley right on the stumps.

Ball 5: Wells mis-times Hasnain straight to short mid wicket, where Ben Cutting takes a good sharp catch to dismiss Wells for a two-ball duck, as Hasnain claimed the Mickey Mouse hat-trick of 3 wickets in 4 balls, becoming the first player in history to take 3 wickets in his first over in the Big Bash League.

Ball 6: Another half-volley sees Henry Hunt play and miss an edge through to Sam Billings by a bee’s diaphragm, also narrowly avoiding the stumps in the same moment, giving Hasnain a 3-wicket maiden to start his Big Bash career.


To paraphrase an Australian TV commercial, ah Hasnain, you’ve done it again!

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