Trent Boult became the fifth New Zealander to claim an ODI hat-trick in the BLACKCAPS first ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Boult struck in just the third over of the innings, removing Pakistan’s three key batsmen in Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez in successive deliveries.
The hat-trick played a key role in the match, swinging momentum in favour of New Zealand early in Pakistan's chase.
They were three quality pieces of cricket too. The left-armer had the ball to swinging and first clean bowed Zaman, then had Azam caught by Ross Taylor at a wide slip, before finishing the triple strike by trapping Hafeez LBW.
Boult joins Shane Bond, Emily Drumm, Julie Harris and Danny Morrison in the exclusive club of Kiwis and becomes the 46th male player in history to claim a men's ODI hat-trick.
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Trent Boult has claimed his 1st & the 47th One Day International Hat-Trick in Abu Dhabi ✨— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018
BOWLED - CAUGHT 1ST SLIP - LBW ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/BqgJB0lWq6
6 off the final ball by Boult & crucial late runs from Sodhi (24 off 19) and Southee (20 off 21) gets us up to 266-9 from our 50. Earlier 👍 knocks from Taylor 80 & Latham 68 #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/bFJIJrUlLN— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018
Three wickets in four balls for Pakistan. Tom Latham out LBW to Shadab Khan for 68 off 64 balls & Nicholls + de Grandhomme out. Latham & Taylor (79*) with a 130-run stand. BLACKCAPS 208-6 in the 42nd over #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/d5lfKAeyQI— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor building a partnership in Abu Dhabi as the BLACKCAPS finish the power-play at 47-2.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018
Munro 29 off 27 to get us going. Hasan Ali & Imad Wasim into the attack #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/7Deo4AsPd5