Sunday, January 29, 2006

Irfan's hat trick

Boy, oh boy. This kid is truely turning into the wonderkid, we were looking for a long time.
I have put together the writing of Anand Vasu from cricket.org and the images from the hat trick from AFP, again located on the cricket.org site. Here is the ball by ball account, from the commentary maintained at their site.

First over of the India vs Pakistan 3rd Test Match on Jan 29th 2006

















1st BallPathan to Salman Butt, no run, just short of a good length and on the middle and leg, a bit of swing away from the left-handed Butt, defended awkwardly, the ball loops back down the pitch off the edge.
2nd BallPathan to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length and far outside the off stump, left well alone to the keeper, a bit of swing there.
3rd BallPathan to Salman Butt, no run, and another one short of a length and outside the off swinging away appreciably, left well alone by Butt.

India attacking with three slips and a gully.
4th BallPathan to Salman Butt, OUT: fuller this time and on the off, the ball swings late and Butt plays at it tentatively. The ball takes the edge and goes towards slip. Rahul Dravid dives low and takes a sharp catch!
OUT

India have got off to the best possible start! Pakistan have lost their first wicket without a single run on the board! Rahul Dravid will already be breathing easier about his decision to field first. That is a great start for India in this decisive Test match. Younis Khan is the new batsman.
5th BallPathan to Younis Khan, OUT: full and on the stumps, this one swings in very late, that is a perfectly pitched delivery and it nails Younis lbw right in front of the stumps! India are on fire!
OUT !!

Pakistan in dire straits here at two wickets down without a run on the board. What a start for the Indian team and Irfan Pathan, who is on a hat-trick! Just a bit more for the bowlers and what a difference it makes! Mohammad Yousuf is facing the hat-trick ball. Three slips and two gullies in place
6th BallPathan to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT: Got him! Sensational stuff at the National Stadium! Mohammad Yousuf bowled through the gate by a pearl of an inswinger! That one came in superbly after pitching outside off stump and shattered the stumps!
OUT !!!
What a start for India! Pakistan have lost three wickets in the first over without a run on the board! Irfan Pathan becomes the second Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick after Harbhajan Singh! Unbelievable scenes here at the National Stadium. Look at that scoreline Pakistan 3 down without a run on the board.

Hat-trick hero: Irfan Pathan


Irfan Pathan becomes the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the first over of a Test


What a game !! I wish i could have seen this live. But the high is just about the same, on reading this. Well, the good news ended there, because India too is down 74/4 a the end of the first day of the 3rd Test match. Lets see... its turning out to be an interesting match.

Balls of fire - When Pathan rocked Pakistan

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