Fast bowler Josh Little picked up Ireland’s second hat-trick in T20 internationals when he grabbed a trio of New Zealand victims at the World Cup on Friday.
Left-armer Little had Kane Williamson caught at deep backward square leg for 61, then James Neesham lbw for a duck in the 19th over at Adelaide Oval.
He then had all-rounder Mitchell Santner dismissed lbw with the hat-trick ball to be mobbed by his team-mates and trigger cheers from the building crowd at the stadium.
Both Neesham and Santner tried to overturn their decisions but the decision review system confirmed the wickets, etching Little’s name in Irish cricket history.
Little’s hat-trick was the sixth in T20 World Cups and the second at this year’s tournament.
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New Zealand QUALIFIED For T20 WC S/F With Win Over Ireland
With a win over Ireland on Friday in a Super 12 game at the Adelaide Oval, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final. NZ beat Ireland by 35 runs. The Blackcaps needed this win to seal their spot with seven points from five games. NZ captain Kane Williamson rose to the occasion and hit a brilliant 61 off 35 balls.
The Williamson-led side has lost merely one game in the Super 12 stage. England beat them by 20 runs at Gabba in Brisbane. NZ has played consistently well and that is the reason they find themselves in the semi-final before the rest of the sides.