Fast bowler Trent Boult became the third New Zealander to record a hat trick in a one-day international as the Kiwis beat Pakistan by 47 runs on Wednesday.
29-year-old was away on paternity leave and welcomed his newborn son last month. Barely a month after becoming a father, Boult produced a memorable performance on his return to international cricket, becoming the third New Zealander to claim an ODI hat-trick in his side’s victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (November 7). The achievement was quickly attributed to wife Gert and their first born.
Boult (3-54) nailed Pakistan’s top order with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez off successive deliveries after New Zealand posted a decent 266-9.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) shared a century-stand and gave their team a chance before New Zealand bowled them out for 219 in 47.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.