Australian speedster Andrew Tye entered the record books on December 23, after he claimed a hat-trick during the 5th game of the Big Bash League (BBL), between the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers in Sydney. This was not only Tye’s second hat-trick in BBL, but also his third hat-trick in T20 cricket in 2017. He has now equaled the record of Indian spinner Amit Mishra, who was the first bowler to reach this feat.
The Sydney Sixers batted first and posted a decent total of 132 runs on the board. They would have scored probably 150+ runs but a particularly great over by Tye came as a huge blow to the home team. The Scorchers pacer got the third hat-trick of this year in the 19th over, when the Sixers were playing at 131 for 7, and a healthy partnership was brewing up between Steve O’Keefe and Sean Abbott. After conceding a run on the first ball, Tye bundled up the opposition without giving a run anymore.
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Over 18.2: Tye bowled a good length delivery which Abbott tried to play across the line. The ball took the top of his bat and went directly up in the air towards cover-point where Mitchell Johnson made no mistake and took an easy catch.
Over 18.3: A short ball from Tye to O’Keefe which he pulled towards the deep square leg. Jhye Richardson was the fielder in that region and grabbed the ball very easily.
Over 18.4: This time a length ball from Tye to Daniel Sams who tried to play across the line. He missed the shot while the ball hit his pads. Sams was given LBW out.
Thus, Tye claimed yet another hat-trick while the Sydney Sixers were all-out on 132 with 7 balls remaining.
Former Aussie spinner Xavier Doherty was the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in BBL. He claimed three consecutive wickets in the 2012-13 season while playing for Hobart Hurricanes and removed Simon Keen, Ryan Carters, Cameron Borgas of Sydney Thunder.
Earlier this year, Tye took his first IPL hat-trick against the Rising Pune Supergiants on April 14, 2017. In the game number 13, when Tye struck in the last over and removed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari and Shardul Thakur.
Before Andrew Tye, Amit Mishra was the only bowler in the world who had three hat-tricks in T20 cricket. All these three hat-tricks were claimed by him in IPL. He got his first hat-trick while playing for Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers, in IPL 2008.
In 2011, he did it against Kings XI Punjab while playing for the Deccan Chargers. Mishra’s third hat-trick came in the 2013 edition, for Sunrisers Hyderabad, against Pune Warriors India.