James Faulkner claims first ODI hat-trick without dismissing a single batsman for a duck

James Faulkner claims first ODI hat-trick without

dismissing a single batsman for a duck

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – All-rounder James Faulkner became the sixth Australian cricketer to claim a hat-trick in one-day internationals, achieving the feat in the second match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old left-arm bowler got his first wicket when he trapped Kusal Perera leg-before with the final delivery of his eighth over. He returned to dismiss Angelo Mathews with the first delivery of his ninth over, getting the rival captain caught at long-off, and bowled Thisara Perera with his next ball to complete the hat-trick.

Interestingly, Faulker became the first ever bowler to pick an ODI hat-trick without dismissing a single batsman for a duck.

Faulkner, whose 4-38 in the first one-dayer earned him the man-of-the-match award and helped Australia take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, finished with figures of 3-45.

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