T20 World Cup 2022, cricket scores, Netherlands beat Namibia, UAE vs Sri Lanka result, standings, Super 12 stage: Karthik Meiyappan takes hat-trick

Karthik Meiyappan of the United Arab Emirates took the first hat-trick of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia on Tuesday and only the fifth ever in the history of the tournament.

The Asian champion Sri Lanka was driving 117-2 in the first round clash in Geelong when the leg-break bowler struck in 15th over, clearing Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka and skipper Dasun Shanaka in consecutive balls.

Rajapaksa was caught in the deep end, Asalanka was caught behind it and Shanaka made a clean bowl.

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Karthik Meiyappan has become only the fifth player to score a hat-trick at the T20 World Cup.Source: AFP

“It’s a great feeling and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said 22-year-old Meiyappan, who finished 3-19 from his four overs as Sri Lanka made 152-8.

“I tried to take the ball from the left (Rajapaksa), I was lucky enough to have him cut the ball deep into the cover. Asalanka, it was easy for me to bowl a wrong one, and he took it.

“But Shanaka, that was a special ball, to get him through bat and pad. That was the biggest.”

Meiyappan became just the fifth bowler to catch a hat-trick at a T20 World Cup, after Australian Brett Lee (2007), Irishman Curtis Campher, Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga and South African Kagiso Rabada, all of whom achieved the feat in 2021 .

Previously, Bas de Leede took two wickets and made an unbeaten 30 when the Netherlands took a giant step towards the Twenty20 World Cup Super 12 on Tuesday with a thrilling five-wicket victory over mammoth killing Namibia.

In a sunlit but nearly empty Kardinia Park in Geelong, the African nation was limited to 121-6 in their 20 overs, with the Dutch using seven different bowlers to set up the clamps.

De Leede was the best of the pack and took 2-18, supplemented by excellent field work.

The Europeans, boosted by former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten in their coaching staff, crossed over at 91-1 in the 14th in response before Namibia took four late wickets to set up a nervous final.

The Netherlands needed six runs on the last over, with De Leede the hero reaching a boundary and then two to secure the win with three balls left.

It was a huge win against a team that sent shockwaves across the cricket world on the first day of the World Cup in Australia with a stunning 55-run win over Asian champions Sri Lanka.

The Netherlands defeated the United Arab Emirates by three wickets on the same day and with two wins out of two, they advance to the Super 12 if the UAE upset Sri Lanka later on Tuesday.

If they lead the group, they will play against Australia in Perth next Tuesday.

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They have made it to the big stage once before, in 2014, when they led their group and then sensationally defeated England.

Namibian skipper Gerhard Erasmus won the toss and opted to bat, but it seemed like a bad decision as they dropped to 32-3 in the sixth over, struggling with their timing.

Stephan Baard and Jan Frylinck kept the ship steady with a 31-run partnership before Roelof van der Merwe removed Baard for 19.

Frylinck collected 43 before De Leede tempted him to a big hit and he was caught in the deep end, after which he did Erasmus in the same.

Twenty-seven of the last three overs were a decent goal, but only seven boundaries in total were proof of Dutch bowling.

In response, Max O’Dowd and Vikram Singh sent loss to 44 after five overs.

Singh had good contact with two sixes in his 39 before going for another on Bernard Scholtz and Nicol Loftie-Eaton took a catch by the ropes.

Ablaze, Namibia nabbed four more quick wickets, including O’Dowd for 35, to set up a nervous finish.

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