SA vs SL: Wanindu Hasaranga breaks South Africa’s back with sensational hat-trick, becomes first spinner to do so

Wanindu Hasaranga showed his class yet again in Sharjah as he single-handedly turned the game in favour of Sri Lanka in their clash against South Africa in the T20 World Cup. The Sri Lankan all-rounder picked up a hat-trick to bring his team right back into the contest. Hasaranga accounted for the wicket of Aiden Markram, before scalping Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius to get his treble.

Wanindu Hasaranga has enjoyed a stellar T20 World Cup campaign, and his powers were again on show on Saturday against South Africa. The RCB spinner was at his unplayable best as he ran through the Proteas batting order to give Sri Lanka a sniff in the game. Hasaranga dismissed Aiden Markram with the final ball of the 15th over, before scalping for the likes of Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius in the first two deliveries of the 18th over to turn the game on its head.

Wanindu Hasaranga become the third bowler and the first spinner to take a hat-trick in T20 World Cup matches as he picked up three in consecutive deliveries in the game against South Africa. Curtis Campher and former Australia pacer Brett Lee are the other two bowlers to take a T20 World Cup hat-trick.

Interestingly, Campher took the hat trick in earlier this month. The pacer had dismissed Colin Ackermann (11), Ryan ten Doeschate (0), Scott Edwards (0) and Pieter Seelaar (0) in the match against the Netherlands. The leg-spinner is the fourth Sri Lankan to take a hat-trick in T20 internationals after Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga (twice) and Akila Dananjaya. He is also the fourth to take a hat-trick in both T20Is and ODIs, after Brett Lee, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga.

Wanindu Hasaranga’s heroics were not enough as David Miller and Kagiso Rabada saw South Africa over the line in the final over of the game. Needing 25 to win off the final two overs, Kagiso Rabada hit a sensational six in the penultimate over to keep them in the game. Needing 15 off the final over, Miller hit two sixes before Rabada completed the chase with a boundary as Proteas emerged as one of the potential contenders from Group 1. Sri Lanka will have their work cut out now, with just one win in three games.