World Cup hat-tricks
Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga may become the first bowler in the history of the World Cup tournaments to have claimed two hat-tricks, but he certainly is not the only one to have three-for-three. CricketNDTV takes a quick look at the bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in the mega-event.
<b>World Cup hat-tricks</b><br><br>Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga may have become the first bowler in the history of the World Cup tournaments to have claimed two hat-tricks, but he certainly is not the only one to have three-for-three. CricketNDTV takes a quick look at the bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in the mega-event.
<b>Chetan Sharma vs New Zealand in 1987</b><br><br> Despite all his heroics, Indian pacer Chetan Sharma will always be remembered for two matches, one in 1986 when Javed Miandad hit him for a six off the last delivery in Sharjah, and the other against New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup, in which he took first ever hat-trick of the World Cup. <br><br> Playing a Group A match against the Black Caps, Sharma dismissed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield in the last three balls of the 42nd over. Interestingly all his three victims were bowled out.
<b>Saqlain Mushtaq vs Zimbabwe in 1999</b><br><br> Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq claimed second hat-trick of his career against Zimbabwe in the Super Sixes stage of the 1999 World Cup at the Kenington Oval in London. <br><br> Saqlain picked the wickets of Henry Olonga (5), Adam Huckle (0) and Pommie Mbangwa (0) with the first three deliveries of the 41st over. <br><br> Interestingly his first hat-trick also came against Zimbabwe in 1996 in Peshwar. (Getty Images)
<b>Chaminda Vaas vs Bangladesh in 2003</b><br><br> Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas ripped the Bangladesh batting apart in his very first over of their Pool B match in Pietermaritzburg. <br><br> Electing to bowl, Vaas struck with the very first ball of the innings and castled opener Hannan Sarkar. Next two deliveries saw Mohammad Ashraful and Ehsanul Haque walk back. He took a return catch to claim Ashraful's wicket while Haque edged to the second slip. <br><br> It was the first ever international match to have begun with a hat-trick. (Getty Images)
<b>Brett Lee vs Kenya in 2003</b><br><br>Australian pacer Brett Lee ran over the Kenyan batting line-up during their Super Sixes match in Durban during the 2003 World Cup. <br><br>He became the first ever Australian to take a hat-trick in a World Cup match, as he dismissed Kennedy Otieno, Brijal Patel and David Obuya with the last three balls of the first over. While he bowled out Otieno and Obuya, Patel was caught by Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting. (Getty Images)
<b>Lasith Malinga vs South Africa in 2007</b><br><br> Slingshot Malinga took his first-ever hat-trick against South Africa during the Super Eights match of the 2007 World Cup in Guyana. <br><br> His victims included Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall and Makhaya Ntini. He claimed the wicket of Pollock with the last delivery of the 45th over. When he came back to ball in the 47th over, he had Hall caught by Upul Tharanga before he bowled out Ntini. (Getty Images)
<b>Kemar Roach vs Netherlands in 2011</b><br><br> West Indies seamer Kemar Roach grabbed a hat-trick in his six-wicket haul that crushed the Netherlands by 215 runs in a World Cup Group B match. He picked the wickets of Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk. (Getty Images)
<b>Lasith Malinga vs Kenya in 2011</b><br><br>Spearhead Lasith Malinga took his career's second World Cup hat-trick as part of a six-wicket-haul helping Sri Lanka dismiss Kenya for 142 in their World Cup clash on Tuesday.<br><br>Malinga had Tanmay Mishra lbw with the final ball of the 42nd over and then clean-bowled Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche with the first two of the 44th. (AFP Photo)