Little earned the feat in Ireland’s Group 1 game against New Zealand in Adelaidewhile Meiyappan scored his hat-trick against Sri Lanka in the first round (qualifying phase) of the tournament.
After being batted, New Zealand scored 185/6 at the Adelaide Oval and could have passed the 200 run mark, but for Little’s three straight strikes in the dead.
Josh Little, bow down 👏#IREvNZ #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 https://t.co/m28PD9l9I6
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) 1667541041000
The Irish playmaker retired Kiwi captain and top scorer Kane Williamson (61), followed by James Nesham (0) and Mitchell Santner (0) in the 18th round of the Kiwis.
In total, Little’s hat-trick is the sixth in T20 World Cup history. Also, he is the second Irishman on the list which also includes Curtis Campher.
We are the only team to score more than a men’s hat-trick in the T20 World Cup 🎩#IREvNZ #T20WorldCup #BackingGreen ☘️🏏 https://t.co/XtDyVH8LHq
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) 1667541198000
The last edition of the T20 World Cup in 2021, incredibly, saw as many as three hat-tricks.
T20 WORLD CUP HATS SO FAR:
1. Brett Lee (Australia) vs Bangladesh, Cape Town, 2007
2. Curtis Campher (Ireland) vs Netherlands, Abu Dhabi, 2021
3. Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) vs South Africa, Sharjah, 2021
4. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) vs England, Sharjah, 2021
5. Karthik Meiyappan (UAE) v Sri Lanka, Geelong, 2022
6. Joshua Little (Ireland) vs New Zealand, Adelaide 2022