Tim Southee creates a new record after hat-trick against India, joins Sri Lankan legend as the 2nd player only to do so
New Zealand's experienced fast bowler Tim Southee has made another rare record to his name after taking a hat-trick in the second T20 International match played against India at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on 20th November. However, the New Zealand cricket team had to face a crushing defeat by 65 runs in the match.
Meanwhile, the right-arm pacer dismissed Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar in three consecutive balls in the 20th over of Team India's innings to complete his second hat-trick in T20I cricket.
The record bowling came in the final over of India's innings, when Tim Southee caught Hardik Pandya (13) out on the third ball as India's stand-in captain gave a easy catch to the long off fielder.
After which, on the next ball, Deepak Hooda handed his catch to the fielder stationed at short fine-leg for a golden duck, and then on the hat-trick ball, Washington Sundar was also caught at long-on for a golden duck. In this way, Southee completed his second hat-trick in T20I cricket and became only the second bowler to achieve this feat.
Now Tim Southee has become only the second bowler after former Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga to register a hat-trick twice in T20I cricket. Let us tell you, the experienced Kiwi fast bowler registered his first T20I hat-trick against Pakistan in December 2010, when he achieved this feat by dismissing Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal.
With this memorable hat-trick against India, Southee has now also become the highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket. Now he has 130 wickets to his account. Second in the list is Bangladesh's experienced all-rounder and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan, who has 128 wickets to his name.