Faheem Ashraf becomes first Pakistan bowler to take hat-trick in T20Is


Newbie all rounder Faheem Ashraf got himself registered in the record books last night, after he became the first Pakistani to score a hat-trick in T20 cricket.

Ashraf is only the sixth bowler in the history of the game to scalp a T20I hat-trick. A short delivery from Ashraf and Udana went for the pull but Hasan Ali took a good jumping catch at fine leg. Also, this is the first time in the last 15 years that a Pakistan bowler has converted the third ball into a wicket, after taking two in two in worldwide cricket. It was followed by Udawatte's wicket who was caught at point boundary.

Hafeez - still an eligible option despite his action being reported for a third time earlier this month - claimed two victims in the 12th over to leave Sri Lanka tottering ominously on 66-6.

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Apart from Friday's monitoring, another delegation of the ICC is also expected to visit the Stadium today (Saturday) to review the security arrangements for the third T20I scheduled to be played on Sunday.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka field unchanged teams as Sarfraz Ahmed opts to bowl in the second T20I.

Sri Lanka play Pakistan in a Twenty20 worldwide in the city on Sunday, becoming the first global cricket team to visit the nation since Zimbabwe in 2015. It was the first small step toward winning back the confidence of foreign teams and reviving worldwide cricket at home after an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 during a test match at the same stadium in Lahore.