Campher becomes only bowler to take four wickets in four balls in T20 World Cup

Abu Dhabi: Ireland’s Curtis Campher has joined Lasith Malinga and Rashid Khan as the only men with the remarkable feat of taking four wickets in as many balls in T20Is.

The 22-year-old’s heroics came in the 10th over of the Netherlands’ innings against Ireland in their opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi.

He dismissed Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate and Scott Edwards to take a hat-trick, before adding Roelof van der Merwe to his scalps.

Ackermann was out caught behind on review, having feathered an attempted pull off a shortish ball that seemed to be going down leg. Ten Doeschate was out for a duck, trapped in front by a full and straight one.

Edwards too fell lbw as DRS tracked the ball hitting the leg stump. For the final wicket, van der Merwe dragged a wider delivery onto his stumps and the Irish celebrations were in full force.

Campher is the first one to do this in men’s T20 World Cup. Malinga did it against New Zealand in 2019 in Colombo while Rashid was the first one to do against Ireland in 2019 in Dehradun.

Campher is the second man after Brett Lee in 2007 to take a hat-trick in men’s T20 World Cups.

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