Cricket: Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf strike with hat-tricks in Big Bash League

Australian Big Bash (BBL) cricket has had a day to remember, with two hat-tricks in two games. 

On Wednesday, Adelaide Strikers spinner Rashid Khan and Melbourne Stars paceman Haris Rauf both took three wickets in successive balls in the space of just hours. 

Before Wednesday's games, only four hat-tricks were taken in the first eight seasons of Big Bash.

Khan struck first in a losing effort against the Sydney Sixers. 

The Afghanistan international's hat-trick was spread over two overs, where he picked up the wickets of James Vince and Jack Edwards in the 11th over, before returning to claim the scalp of Jordan Silk.

Khan finished with figures of 4/22, but it wasn't enough to prevent the top-of-the-table Sixers securing a tense two-wicket win at Adelaide Oval.

"I think that was the best ball I have bowled since I've been here in the BBL," Rashid said.

"It was the perfect length and perfect area to bowl it. You can only dream to bowl that ball as a hat-trick ball.

"I wasn't expecting to get a hat-trick on this wicket, because it wasn't spinning that much."

Then uncapped Pakistan pacer Rauf struck against Sydney Thunder in front of a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Rauf cleaned up Matthew Gilkes, captain Callum Ferguson and Daniel Sams in the final over of the Thunder's innings, finishing with figures of 3/23. 

The Stars went on to win the match by six wickets.  

BBL hat-tricks

Xavier Doherty (Hurricanes) v Thunder in 2012/13

Andrew Tye (Scorchers) v Heat in 2016/17

Andrew Tye (Scorchers) v Sixers in 2017/18

Josh Lalor (Heat) v Scorchers in 2018/19

Rashid Khan (Strikers) v Sixers in 2019/20

Haris Rauf (Stars) v Thunder in 2019/20