New Zealand player's never-before-seen act stuns cricket world

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Cricket allrounder Michael Bracewell (pictured left) celebrating and (pictured right) Bracewell dismissing an Ireland batter.
Cricket allrounder Michael Bracewell (pictured) recorded a hat-trick on his first over against Ireland in the T20 clash. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

New Zealand player Michael Bracewell has become the first player ever to take a hat-trick having not bowled a full over in the T20 match against Ireland.

New Zealand posted 4-179 on Wednesday and bowled out Ireland for 91 to secure their fifth-straight win over the hosts.

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The Kiwis triumphed by 31 runs on Monday after a 3-0 series win in the one-day internationals at Malahide.

However, it was Bracewell's moment with the ball that had the cricket world stunned.

Ish Sodhi took 3-21 and Ireland were 7-86 when Bracewell came on for his first over.

The offspinner had Mark Adair and Barry McCarthy caught in the deep with successive deliveries before Craig Young sliced to backward point from the next ball as Ireland was all out for 91.

Bracewell became the third New Zealander to take a hat-trick after Jacob Oram and Tim Southee.

Incredibly, the 31-year-old was rather subdued after the hat-trick wicket as his teammates raced to celebrate with him.

Bracewell only made his ODI and Test debut for New Zealand in the last four months and has enjoyed remarkable success for the national team.

Cricket world praises Michael Bracewell

New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner was full of praise fro Bracewell who has been immense with the bat in the short form Tour of Ireland.

"There's not a lot that [Bracewell] can't do at the moment so I thought I'd get him in there. We're pretty happy with the win today," Santner said.

"The wicket looked a little better in the first innings but it was a bit up and down. The way Dane paced that innings was good and then our bowlers did well."

The cricket world was quick to point out his achievement.

"There's not a lot that [Bracewell] can't do at the moment so I thought I'd get him in there. We're pretty happy with the win today," Santner said.

"The wicket looked a little better in the first innings but it was a bit up and down. The way Dane paced that innings was good and then our bowlers did well."

The visitors can sweep the three-match T20 series on Friday.

with AAP

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