After scoring back-to-back hat-tricks and forgetting about the last one, Pat Cummins has this to say about Afghanistan hat-trick

Pat Cummins

Australian star fast bowler Pat Cummins expressed his joy after bagging consecutive hat-tricks in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Pat Cummins emphasized how memorable it was to achieve this rare feat, having played over a hundred games for the Team Australian national cricket.

Pat Cummins created cricket history by becoming the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks in a T20 World Cup. The right-arm fast bowler achieved this feat during Australia’s Super 8 match in the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, on Saturday, June 22 (local time).

Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51) got off to a good start after being asked to bat first. The duo added a 118-run partnership for the first wicket in 15.5 overs. However, the Mitchell Marsh-led team bounced back by taking quick wickets to restrict Afghanistan to 148/6.

Cummins dismissed Rashid Khan, Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib to secure his second consecutive hat-trick in the T20 World Cup 2024. The Australia ODI and Test captain secured three wickets for 28 runs in his four overs. Right leg spinner Adam Zampa bagged two wickets for 28 runs in his full quota of overs.

I remembered this Hattrick – Pat Cummins

During the innings break, Pat Cummins expressed his immense satisfaction with his consecutive hat-tricks in the T20 World Cup. Cummins was not aware of his hat-trick against Afghanistan, but this time he remembered it against Bangladesh.

“Yeah, I remembered this one (hattrick). It’s crazy. I played about 100 matches for Australia, (now) got two in a row. I thought they batted well. But I also thought we pushed the limits. They obviously ran well. Overall, effort decent bowling. Not our tidiest day on the field. Happy with the total.”

“I don’t know, it’s not characteristic (sloppy pitch). Maybe it was the lights. It didn’t change much (the pitch). There was spin all the time, and a little bit up and down. It’s not the flattest wicket in the world. ., but it is not a terrible field either: there are runs to score, Cummins said during the innings.

Cummins had previously bagged his first hat-trick in the T20 World Cup against Bangladesh in Antigua. He was the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks in T20Is. Brett Lee was the first Australian bowler to take a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup. Lee achieved it against Bangladesh in the inaugural edition.

In reply, Australia managed only 127 runs in 19.2 overs. All-rounder Glenn Maxwell scored 59 runs off 41 balls, with three sixes and six boundaries, but could not guide the team across the finish line. Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were the only other hitters to reach double figures in the match.

Australia will take on Rohit Sharma-led Team India in their final Super 8 match at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on Monday, June 24. A loss in the next match will almost eliminate Australia from the tournament.

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