Watch: Ashton Agar bags a hat-trick against South Africa
Australia left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was the highlight during the T20I opener against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Ashton Agar was named the man of the match for his impressive bowling figures that helped the team restrict South Africa for just 89 runs. As a result, Australia brought up a massive 107-run win and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
Ashton Agar delivered three good deliveries to outsmart three different batsmen at the crease and it was indeed smart bowling by him to get rid of former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn that saw the hosts stuttering at 44/7. By then, the hosts lost the sheen in the run-chase and eventually gave up in 14.3 overs.
Agar didn’t stop spinning a web on South Africa after taking a hat-trick as he bagged two more wickets and registered his career-best bowling figures of 5/24 in his four-over bowling spell. Ashton Agar’s hat-trick was the second one by an Australian bowler after former pacer Brett Lee claimed a hat-trick against Bangladesh in 2007.
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Ashton Agar starred with bat and ball including a stunning hattrick to help Australia to a crushing win over South Africa in Johannesburg. Agar was named player of the match and finished with five wickets in the T20 series opener. https://t.co/TWh1KQycs4 @7Cricket #7ENWS pic.twitter.com/CQVGcYXJxu
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After the match, Ashton Agar said that how an important chat with Ravindra Jadeja after India series helped him get the best out of himself in the game. Ashton Agar said that he was inspired by Jadeja’s game plan while also naming Jadeja as his favourite cricketer in the world. Last but not least, Agar said he would want to play like Jadeja.