Haris Rauf has delivered a highlight reel moment to savour in the Melbourne Stars' Big Bash match against Sydney Thunder on Thursday evening in Sydney.
Rauf and Stars captain Glenn Maxwell proved the chief destroyers for the visitors, taking five wickets between them to limit Thunder to 7-142 off their 20 overs.
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It was Pakistani pace bowler Rauf who stole the show, however, continuing his glittering start to life in the Big Bash.
The 26-year-old Rauf finished with 3-24, giving him ten wickets in three games.
The fast bowler's brilliant spell against the Thunder had fans calling for his inclusion in Pakistan's national side.
The Stars paceman's wicket of Sams was especially eye-catching, with his blistering pace beating the Sydney batsman all ends up and destroying his middle stump.
Unstoppable Haris With 145+Kph Consistent Pace ❤🔥🔥— Mani 🇵🇰 (@ManiTweets14) January 2, 2020
3 matches and 10 wickets 😍😍🇵🇰— Zaka Speaks (@zakaspeaks) January 2, 2020
Excellent performance 🔥— Haider (@Haider_Ali09) January 2, 2020
Haris Rauf rocking once again ..
Got 3 wickets for 24 runs in his 3rd match & now he’s leading the table.
What a Pace & aggression🔥🔥
Speedgun at his best— Muhammad Waseem (@PAKISTANI_313) January 2, 2020
Haris Rauf. ❤️ https://t.co/oCmTLD5202
Haris Rauf is an extraordinary talent he should be playing in Pakistan's National team. The pace he is bowling with, the line and length he's bowling at is just staggering!— Tee (@TahirAlee58) January 2, 2020
The home team were restricted after captain Callum Ferguson won the toss at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Maxwell kicks things off with a bang
Opening the bowling with his fast offspin, Maxwell (2-17) removed dangerous openers Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja in his first two overs.
With in-form Ferguson falling to Rauf for 13, Thunder's top order were all back in the hutch before the end of the seventh over.
Alex Ross and Matt Gilkes added some substance to the innings scoring 40 and 28 respectively.
Rauf dragged Thunder back late in the innings, bowling both Ross and Daniel Sams.
A nice cameo from Arjun Nair, who scored an unbeaten 17 off 11 balls, gave Thunder some hope, with their battery of spinners looking to make things tough on a slow wicket.