Billy Stanlake Australia Zimbabwe Pakistan 2018 James Faulkner
Yet another wicket for Billy Stanlake © AFP

Billy Stanlake tore the heart out of the Pakistan top-order today at Harare Sports Club. He finished with figures of 4-0-8-4. These are the second-best figures by an Australian in T20 Internationals, after James Faulkner’s 4-0-27-5 at Mohali in the 2016 World T20, also against Pakistan. Stanlake also became the first Australian to take 3 or more wickets in a T20I while conceding less than 10 runs (Glenn Maxwell has a 2-0-10-3).

Stanlake took a wicket in every single of his overs. He had Mohammad Hafeez caught by Aaron Finch at first slip with the third ball of his first over. With the fifth ball of his second he had Hussain Talat with a short-pitched delivery, Finch taking a brilliant catch at gully. Fakhar Zaman went off the third ball of Stanlake’s third over, caught-behind down the leg, by Alex Carey. And Sarfraz Ahmed fell the second ball of his fourth over, cramping Sarfraz with a short-pitched delivery and having him caught by Finch at slip.

This was also the 14th instance of a bowler taking 4 or more wickets for the cost of less than 10 runs in a T20I. Umar Gul has done this thrice, including two five-wicket hauls.

T20I 4-wicket hauls conceding less than 10 runs
Player Team O M R W Opposition Ground Season
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka 4 2 8 6 Zimbabwe Hambantota 2011-12
Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 3.3 2 3 5 New Zealand Chittagong 2013-14
Rashid Khan Afghanistan 2 1 3 5 Ireland Greater NOIDA 2016-17
Umar Gul Pakistan 3 0 6 5 New Zealand The Oval 2009
Umar Gul Pakistan 2.2 0 6 5 South Africa Centurion 2012-13
Steve Tikolo Kenya 1.2 0 2 4 Scotland Dubai (ICCA) 2013-14
Sulieman Benn West Indies 4 2 6 4 Zimbabwe Port-of-Spain 2009-10
Mark Gillespie New Zealand 2.5 0 7 4 Kenya Durban 2006-07
Mudassar Bukhari Netherlands 4 2 7 4 UAE ICCA Dubai 2015-16
Umar Gul Pakistan 4 0 8 4 Australia Dubai (DSC) 2009
Ravichandran Ashwin India 4 1 8 4 Sri Lanka Visakhapatnam 2015-16
Billy Stanlake Australia 4 0 8 4 Pakistan Harare 2018
Dale Steyn South Africa 3 0 9 4 West Indies Port Elizabeth 2007-08

Brief scores:

Pakistan 116 in 19.5 overs [Shadab Khan 29(25); Billy Stanlake 4-0-8-4, Andrew Tye 3.5-0-38-3] lost to Australia 117 for 1 in 10.5 overs [Aaron Finch 68*(33); Hasan Ali 2-0-18-1] by 9 wickets with 55 balls to spare.