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29th January 2006: Irfan Pathan's Hat-trick in the First Over Leaves Pakistan Stunned

By: Cricketnext Staff

Edited By: Abhimanyu Sen

Last Updated: January 29, 2018, 15:52 IST

29th January 2006: Irfan Pathan's Hat-trick in the First Over Leaves Pakistan Stunned

More than a decade ago, in 2006, India’s Irfan Pathan was in full flow in Karachi as he stunned Pakistan on the first day of the third Test match of the series. Pathan, of the last three balls of the first over of the Test dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf to leave Pakistan tottering with 0 runs on the board and their top order back in the hut.

For a bowler, one of the biggest moments or achievements in his cricketing career is when he takes a hat-trick because they are hard to come by. Add to that if it is against your arch-rivals in the first over of a Test match – the achievement becomes even more special.

More than a decade ago, in 2006, India’s Irfan Pathan was in full flow in Karachi as he stunned Pakistan on the first day of the third Test match of the series. Pathan, of the last three balls of the first over of the Test dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf to leave Pakistan tottering with 0 runs on the board and their top order back in the hut.

The left armer’s efforts though went in vain, as Pakistan fought back with great gusto from then on in to eventually beat India by a whopping 341 runs. Pathan took 5 wickets in the first innings, and scored 40 while batting. In the second innings, he managed to take only one wicket and was out for four as India were unable to chase down the target.

India had won the toss in Karachi and elected to field first in Karachi. This first two Tests were drawn and Pakistan won the decider to take the series 1-0.

first published:January 29, 2018, 15:41 IST
last updated:January 29, 2018, 15:52 IST