Boult becomes the first New Zealand bowler to take a World Cup hat trick
New Zealand left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult became the first ever bowler from New Zealand to take a hat trick in a World Cup match.
New Zealand and Australia are sweating out in their league stage game of the tournament. With Australia already qualified for the semi-final, New Zealand will be keen to take a win to ensure their semi-final berth.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and elected bat first. This time Australian openers had an off day as both of them returned to pavilion with low scores. However Australian middle order did a decent job today after the early wickets of the openers.
At the same time, New Zealand bowlers kept taking wickets at some regular intervals. In the end, Australia ended up scoring 243 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the allocated quota of 50 overs.
It was New Zealand left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult who created a new record at the last over of the Australian innings. Given the task to bowl the final over, Boult was up against Khawaja, who was batting on 88 and looking to reach his hundred. The bowler went with a yorker and cleaned up his stumps. In the next ball, he bowled a picture-perfect yorker to Mitchell Starc to knock down his stumps.
Boult was set for a new record for New Zealand in the World Cup and he did so with a slow yorker to Jason Behrendorff. With that wicket, Trent Boult became the first bowler from New Zealand to take a hat trick in a World Cup. And it is only the second hat trick following Mohammed Shami’s one against Afghanistan. Boult finished with 4/51 in the match.