New Delhi. Today is a very special day for former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. This is the day which even cricket fans will not want to forget. 23 years ago, on this day, he scored a hat-trick in a World Cup match. On June 11, 1999, the World Cup match was played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Oval ground in London. Saqlain did the charisma of putting a hat-trick in this match. Till that time it was only the second hat-trick of the World Cup. Till date, only 10 bowlers in the world have taken hat-trick in the 50-over World Cup.
In the match played against Zimbabwe at the Oval ground in London, Pakistan won the toss and batted first. Pakistan got off to a good start. Openers Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti added 95 runs for the first wicket. Wajahatullah got out after making 40. Anwar stood still. He played an innings of 103 runs. Apart from these two batsmen, Shahid Afridi 37 and Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 21 runs. In this way, Pakistan’s team was able to score 271 runs for 9 wickets. Heath Streak and Henry Olanga took 2-2 wickets for Zimbabwe.
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Saqlain Mushtaq came to throw the 40th over of Zimbabwe’s innings. On the first ball of Saqlain’s over, wicketkeeper Moin Khan stumped Henry Olanga. Adam Huckle also had the same result on the second ball as Olanga did. Huckley was also stumped by Moeen. On the third ball of Saqlain, Pommi Mbangwa missed the line of the ball and he was out lbw. In this way, Saqin Mushtaq completed his hat-trick. This was Saqlain Mushtaq’s second hat-trick overall in ODIs.
World Cup second hat-trick
This was only the second hat-trick of the 50-over World Cup. Earlier in the 1987 Cricket World Cup, India’s Chetan Sharma had scored a hat-trick against New Zealand in Nagpur. Then he dismissed the Kiwi team’s batsmen Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield. By the way, 10 bowlers have scored a total of 11 hat-tricks in the 50-over World Cup. The bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in the World Cup include Chetan Sharma, Saqlain Mushtaq, Chaminda Vaas, Brett Lee, Lasith Malinga, Kemar Roach, Steven Finn, JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami and Trent Boult. Malinga has done this twice.
Zimbabwe lost by 148 runs
Chasing a target of 272 runs for victory, Zimbabwe’s team was bundled out for 123 in 40.3 overs. Neil Johnson scored the highest 54 runs for Zimbabwe. Apart from them, Guy Whittle and Heath Streak played innings of 16-16 runs. No other batsman could cross the double digit mark. Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq took 3 wickets each for Pakistan. In this way Zimbabwe lost this match by 148 runs. Saeed Anwar, who played a century of 103 runs in the match, was awarded the title of Player of the Match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 11, 2022, 06:17 IST