Australia’s 26-year-old Nathan Ellis became the first bowler to score a hat-trick during his T20I debut in the third T20I match against Bangladesh played at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Bangladesh, who lead the series 2-0, won the toss and decided to bat first.
It was a change of pace from the previous two T20Is, where Australia beat first in the second game and struggled to put a good score on the board. Bangladesh won the first batting match despite 131/7 in 20 overs. In this match, the hosts lose their first two wickets for single-digit scores, with Mohammad Naim making 1 and Soumya Sarkar 2.
Then Shakib Al Hasan (26), Afif Hossain (19) helped captain Mahmudullah, who made 52 in 53 balls with 7 fours, to take Bangladesh to 127/9 in 20 overs. Josh Hazlewood (2/16) and Adam Zampa (2/24) were the early casualties, but Nathan Ellis made the game memorable for himself.
Nathan Ellis- Third Australian to wear a T20I hat trick
The 26-year-old, who was handed the Australian cap by senior pacer Mitchell Starc, and he made the match extremely memorable by becoming the third Australian to take a hat-trick of T20I and even made it special by the performance on his T20I debut, becoming the first bowler to do so.
Ellis’ efforts, which ended him with figures of 3/34 in four overs, while dismissing Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman and Mahedi Hasan in the final of the Bangladesh innings. Ellis had a terrible start to licking runs in his initial overs. However, the bowler recovered well during the overs, which was enough to put his team in a formidable position in the match.
Nathan Ellis was a reserve player in the Australian team, but was included in the main team after fast bowler Riley Meredith retired due to injury. Aside from Ellis, the other Australian bowlers taking T20I hat-trick are Brett Lee and Ashton Agar.
In addition to Ellis making his debut in place of Mitchell Starc, Australia made two more adjustments in their playing style, replacing Josh Philippe and Andrew Tye for Ben McDermott and Dan Christian in a must-win match for Australia, as Bangladesh leads the five-match series 2-0.