Australia spinner Ashton Agar achieved an enormous milestone on Friday night time when he picked up a hat-trick in the primary T20I against South Africa in Johannesburg. The left-arm spinner achieved the feat in the eighth over of South Africa’s innings when he dismissed former Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn in again-to-again deliveries.
While du Plessis was caught by Kane Richardson in the deep, Phehlukwayo was trapped LBW and Steyn edged one to Aussie skipper Aaron Finch at slips. Agar turns into the 2nd Australian to say a hat-trick in the shortest format, solely after Brett Lee, who picked up a hat-trick against Bangladesh in the inaugural T20I World Cup in 2007.
Agar nearly achieved the historic feat of selecting up two hat-methods in the identical match when he picked up dismissed Pite van Biljon and Lungi Ngidi in two consecutive delivieres afterward in the match. Tabraiz Shamsi was overwhelmed by a straighter one, nevertheless it missed his pads and the stumps by a whisker. Agar completed with figures of 5/24 in his four overs as South Africa have been bundled out for 89, and Australia picked up a 107-run win.
Steve Smith, again in South Africa for the primary time because the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, placed on 80 runs for the second wicket with Aaron Finch to offer the inspiration for Australia’s 196 for six in the primary Twenty20 worldwide on the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Australia captain Finch hit powerfully to make 42 off 27 balls and Smith scored 45 off 32 deliveries after Australia misplaced David Warner to the second ball of the match, caught at fantastic leg off Dale Steyn.
The pair placed on 80 off 52 balls earlier than Finch was caught in the deep off left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Friday’s sport is the primary in South Africa for Smith and Warner since March 2018 after they have been banned for ball-tampering in the third Test in Cape Town. Smith was Australia captain and Warner his deputy on the time.
Australia, who have been despatched in, misplaced wickets at common intervals on Friday however managed to take care of a speedy scoring fee against a South African bowling assault which conceded 12 wides and struggled to take care of a constant line and size. Veteran quick bowler Steyn and Shamsi have been South Africa’s greatest bowlers, each taking two for 31 in 4 overs.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was erratic on his return to motion after being rested for the current one-day and T20 collection against England. He conceded 45 runs in three overs.
(With AFP inputs)