Bahrain’s Rizwan Butt on Wednesday became the first player to take a five-wicket haul in T20I cricket in six consecutive deliveries. Rizwan made the record against Singapore in a T20I in Bangi, Malaysia. The bowler picked wickets on the third, fourth and sixth delivery of Singapore’s 18th over and then took two wickets off the first two deliveries in the 20th over.
Rizwan Butt did not take any wicket in his first 14 balls. However, he took five wickets in the next 6 balls. The bowler took the wicket on the third and fourth balls of the 18th over, but could not take any wicket on the fifth ball, thus missing a hat-trick. The bowler took another wicket on the sixth ball of the 18th over. The bowler then returned to bowl the 20th over, and completed his hat-trick by taking wickets on the first two balls.
The Singapore team was all out for 168 runs, which the Bahrain team achieved by losing just 4 wickets in the 18th over.
In this ongoing series in Malaysia, the host country is in first place with 5 wins in 6 matches. Bahrain has won 3 out of 5 matches and is at number two. The Singapore team has lost all 6 matches and is at the last position. Qatar is at number three after winning 2 out of 5 matches.