'Oh my god': Cricket world erupts over 'insane' Big Bash history

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Pictured left, Sydney Thunder bowler Muhammad Hasnain celebrates his slice of BBL history.
Muhammad Hasnain made BBL history with three wickets in his first ever over in the competition. Pic: Getty/Ch7

Pakistan sensation Muhammad Hasnain has left the cricket world gobsmacked with an extraordinary slice of history in his Big Bash debut on Sunday night.

Hasnain wasted no time making an impact in his first match for Sydney Thunder, becoming the first bowler in BBL history to take three wickets in their first over.

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The Pakistani quick had the unthinkable figures of 3-0 in the first over, before finishing with 3-20 to help steer his side to a 28-run win against the Adelaide Strikers.

Hasnain had Matthew Short caught on the boundary, trapped Jake Weatherald lbw with his next, while a sharp Ben Cutting catch earned his third scalp with Jonathon Wells out for a duck, to leave the Strikers 3-25 after just three overs of their chase.

The unbelievable scenes had cricket fans around the world celebrating the young quick's historic feat.

Adelaide recovered from the shocking start to move onto 3-50 until Henry Hunt danced down the pitch to Jason Sangha and was stumped.

Sangha struck again in his next over with Matt Renshaw picking out deep mid-wicket and falling for 30 to leave the Strikers reeling on 5-65.

But Adelaide slowly worked their way into the chase with Harry Nielsen and Thomas Kelly adding 45 before a stunning direct-hit throw from Gilkes had the latter run out for 19 with the Strikers 6-110.

Nielsen top-scored for the Thunder with 39 but the Strikers never threatened to reach their target, eventually rolled for 144.

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Earlier, the Thunder won the toss and batted first, scoring 7-172.

Matthew Gilkes, dropped second ball by Rashid Khan, batted all bar one ball of the Thunder's innings in making 93 from 57 balls, a knock that included nine fours and three sixes.

Ben Cutting was also an important contributor, blasting two sixes in his 34 off 25 balls.

Gilkes thrived late in the innings taking three consecutive fours off Strikers star Rashid Khan and had a century in his sights after clearing the boundary off Wes Agar before holing out to deep mid-wicket.

Seen here, Sydney Thunder's Matthew Gilkes hits a big shot against Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash.
Sydney Thunder's Matthew Gilkes winds up for a big shot against Adelaide Strikers at GIANTS Stadium. Pic; Getty

Siddle and Agar each finished with three wickets.

The win moved the Thunder to third on the BBL table, while the Strikers are seventh after just one win.

Thunder captain Chris Green said the side's young players had stepped up in the absence of their more experienced teammates who have been sidelined after contracting COVID-19.

"They've actually gained a lot of experience since last year and the year before ... Matt Gilkes, Jason Sangha, Ollie Davies in particular," Green told the Seven Network.

"Those guys have really come to the party when they've got their opportunity so really proud of their efforts."

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