South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir produced an astonishing bowling performance on Monday as he registered a hat-trick against Welsh Fire playing for Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred. In the process, he also went on to complete a five-wicket haul, which was also the second such instance in this competition.
Batting first, Birmingham Phoenix rode on Will Smeed and Moeen Ali’s fifties to post a daunting total of 184/5 on the board. Such a steep target put pressure on the Welsh Fire batting unit from the very beginning. Adam Milne and Benny Howell made early in-roads into the Fire batting unit as they dismissed Tom Banton and Ben Duckett cheaply.
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Tahir wreaked havoc thereafter as he claimed the wickets of Glenn Phillips and Leus du Plooy — two of their best batters — in the same set of five.
His next three wickets, which completed the hat-trick, were also the last three wickets of the Fire batting lineup. It was Qais Ahmed who was out caught at Long off trying to go for a big shot. Matt Milnes was trapped lbw next off a googly and David Payne got completely bamboozled after that as Tahir cleaned him up with another well disguised wrong ‘un.
The 42-year-old looked absolutely ecstatic after claiming his hat-trick and came out with his very familiar celebration. Tahir registered superb bowling figures of 19-10-25-5 and Birmingham Phoenix ultimately won the match by a huge margin of 93 runs.