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Tim Southee becomes the second bowler in T20 history to record a hat-trick

Tim Southee, the veteran pacer, bowled a hat-trick in the second T20I between New Zealand and India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, becoming just the second bowler in T20I history to do so.

Southee’s key hat-trick also insured that India’s first innings total did not exceed 200, despite a quickfire century from top-ranked batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who is only becoming stronger in this format.

Tim Southee accomplished this one-of-a-kind achievement in the penultimate over of the first innings, when he bowled stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, and Washington Sundar off consecutive deliveries.

Apart from making a huge difference in the wickets column, Southee also bowled a tight penultimate over, surrendering just five runs. He fulfilled his four-over quota with statistics of 3/34 at an economy rate of 8.5.

Tim Southee is therefore the second bowler after Sri Lanka pace legend Lasith Malinga to record two hat-tricks in the shortest format. The tall bowler achieved his maiden T20I hat-trick against Pakistan in December 2010 when he removed the likes of Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, and Umar Akmal.

Meanwhile, Tim Southee’s hat trick means he is now the biggest wicket-taker in T20Is. He currently has a total of 130 scalps. Shakib Al Hasan, the seasoned Bangladesh all-rounder and T20I captain is ranked second on this list with 128 wickets.

Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbroken 111 runs off 51 deliveries to help India conclude their innings at 191/6. This was also Yadav’s second T20I century, and both of them came in 2022.