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Mashrafe Mortaza became the eighth bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in the history of List A cricket, in Dhaka Premier Division League. The match was set for a gripping climax, with Agrani Bank Cricket Club requiring 12 off the last 5 balls to beat Abahani Limited. Mortaza had the dangerous-looking Dhiman Ghosh caught by substitute Joyraz Sheik off the second ball of the over. The batsmen had crossed, and captain Abdur Razzak fell to Mortaza’s next ball, caught by Nazmul Hossain Shanto. The batsmen had crossed again, and this time Saif Hassan took the catch to send Shafiul Islam back. The batsmen had changed ends, to continue the trend, and Mortaza wrapped up the innings by getting Fazle Rabby caught-behind.

Mortaza finished with 6 for 44, and became the eighth bowler in List A history to take 4 wickets in 4 balls. The first to do this was Alan Ward of Derbyshire, back in 1970, while Shaun Pollock of Warwickshire was the second. Shrikant Mundhe of Maharashtra was the last before Mortaza.

Four wickets in four balls in List A cricket
Player Team Against Venue Date
Alan Ward Derbyshire Sussex Derby June 7, 1970
Shaun Pollock Warwickshire Leicestershire Edgbaston April 26, 1996
Vasbert Drakes Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Trent Bridge August 29, 1999
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka South Africa Providence March 28, 2007
David Payne Gloucestershire Essex Chelmsford May 9, 2010
Graham Napier Essex Surrey Chelmsford June 3, 2013
Shrikant Mundhe Maharashtra Baroda Rajkot March 5, 2014
Mashrafe Mortaza Abahani Limited Agrani Bank CC Fatullah March 6, 2018

Of the eight, Lasith Malinga is the only one to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in an ODI, that too in a World Cup, against South Africa in 2007.