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    June 25, 2006

    Another hat-trick for Harbhajan!

    On Saturday, Harbhajan Singh became the first ever Indian to bag two hat-tricks in Test cricket, when he got one to rip between Collymore's legs to disturb the furniture behind and end West Indies' first innings at St. Kitts. In the earlier two deliveries he had Collins and Collymore (yes, the same man whom he dismissed after these two deliveries).
    169.4 Harbhajan Singh to Collins, OUT, nine down! well bowled doosra and Collins is beaten comprehensively, closes the face of the bat bit too early and the edge goes straight to Dravid at first slip, that shot was a celebration of nothingness!
    PT Collins c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) sr: 20.00
    Collymore is the last man in.
    169.5 Harbhajan Singh to Collymore, no run, full and on the stumps, Collymore is beaten for pace and the ball hits the pad right in front of the stumps, appeal for lbw turned down - that looked mightly close but umpire Jerling was not impressed
    169.6 Harbhajan Singh to Collymore, OUT, what a mess! tossed up and turning in, Collymore just spreads his legs and leaves it through, ball crashes into the stumps! Chanderpaul is stranded on 97!
    CD Collymore b Harbhajan Singh 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) sr: 0.00
    From whatever cricket I know and from the laws I have learnt, the fifth ball of the 170th over was definitely one of the definitons of leg-before-wicket, for which Jerling happily nodded in the negative.

    Team sources inform me that Harbhajan later thanked Jerling for giving him an opportunity to take a second hat-trick in Tests.
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    Heh. Does this make Collymore the only one to have been dismissed twice off consecutive balls in tests? ;) In any case this makes for an interesting stat question. Would there have been any batsman who was the last to be dismissed in the first innings (of a first-class game, not just tests) and then was out to the first ball of the next innings (obviously since he opened).

    By Blogger Jagadish (25-Jun-2006, 1:27:00 PM)  

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