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Overall, Shami, who replaced the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Afghanistan tie, became the 10th player to bag a World Cup hat-trick after his match-winning spell against Afghanistan. @ Twitter/Cricket World Cup

Mohammed Shami joined an elite list as he became only the second Indian bowler to pocket a World Cup hat-trick after a phenomenal bowling effort in India’s edge-of-the-seat 11-run cliff hanger against a stubborn Afghanistan side in Match 28 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.

Overall, Shami, who replaced the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Afghanistan tie, became the 10th player to bag a World Cup hat-trick after his match-winning spell. Former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma was the first bowler to pick up a World Cup hat-trick for India in the 1987 World Cup when he decimated New Zealand.

Shami (9.5-1-40-4), playing his first match, not only successfully defended 16 runs off the last over but also dismissed the dangerous Mohammed Nabi (52 off 55 balls), Aftab Alam (0) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (0) off successive deliveries to complete the rare feat.

Afghanistan were bowled out for 213 in pursuit of a manageable 225 run target which at one stage looked gettable after the Indian middle-order flopped in their first World Cup test. (ALSO READ: ‘Bumrah is one bowler who can do damage at any stage of the innings’)

It was superb death bowling by Jasprit Bumrah (2/39 off 10 overs) and Shami that changed the complexion of the game. As much as Shami deserves the credit, Bumrah deserves equal plaudits for giving five runs in the penultimate over.

The pitch being a tricky one, a target of 225 against a quality bowling attack wasn’t going to be easy. There were partnerships but there was always this belief that Afghanistan batting won’t be able to sustain the pressure.

Full list of World Cup hat-tricks

Name Year
Chetan Sharma 1987
Saqlain Mushtaq 1999
Chaminda Vaas 2003
Brett Lee 2003
Lasith Malinga 2007
Kemar Roach 2011
Lasith Malinga 2011
Steven Finn 2015
JP Duminy 2015
Mohammed Shami 2019