Lahore Ravi v Lahore Shalimar, QEA Trophy, Lahore

Wahab takes hat-trick in nine-wicket haul

Umar Farooq

February 7, 2013

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Wahab Riaz struck twice in three balls during West Indies' collapse, West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Barbados, April 28, 2011
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Wahab Riaz, the Pakistan left-arm fast bowler, took a hat-trick in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and finished with career-best figures of 9 for 59 against Lahore Ravi to boost his chances of a recall for the one-day series against South Africa.

Riaz, 27, last played for Pakistan 11 months ago in the Asia Cup but is having a productive first-class season with 48 wickets in 12 matches so far. He was selected for recent tour of India but was not included for any of the one-day internationals.

Lahore Ravi had made a solid start to their innings with an opening stand of 70 before Riaz started to make his mark. He first dismissed Abid Ali with penultimate ball of his ninth over and returned for this 10th over to claim a hat-trick. He dismissed Ahmed Shahzad (29) - who was caught by Usman Salahuddin at first slips - and then bowled of Adnan Akmal and Waqas Ahmed with his next two balls.

In the 41st over of the innings Imran Ali prevented Riaz fron taking another hat-trick after Mohammad Salman and Emmad Ali had fallen to successive ball. Ravi crumbled up at 153 all out in 48.1 overs with Shalimar 121 for 1 in reply at the close.

Riaz hoped his performance would make a difference when it comes being in contention for Pakistan. "I am working hard and never let my hopes down," he said. "I am heading in the right direction bowling hard and keeping myself in best shape."

Riaz took a five-wicket haul on his Test debut against England, at The Oval, in 2010 and collected his first ODI five-wicket bag in the World Cup semi-final against India.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Cric_Janbaz on (February 8, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

@jimm2s is spot on regarding Wahab Riaz.He bowled right handed batsmen too in his hattrick which is more likely for a left arm bowler if he has in going delivery...so lets all hope he has developed it...

Posted by applethief on (February 8, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Haven't seen any of Wahab's recent bowling, can anyone tell me if he's developed an in-swinger against right-handers? It was missing from his armoury last time he played for Pakistan, as was consistency - he was quick, but offered a lot of runs and extras as well

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

nice job for wahab riaz now must selector think about him

Posted by RAQ on (February 8, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@Rajesh Pal after his excellent bowling against India, he lost his form , he was given many chances to reproduce that kind of spell but he was totally failed . I think PCB management is doing an excellent job and he will be given a chance again.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

He should've been selected in any of the games against India!

Posted by Omarrz on (February 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Don't get it.. why Rahat Ali was picked for this tour? Wahab can bat as well

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 8, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

WoW he's a good bowler indeed..but only when he bowls straight...he got a pretty good in-swinger.....GoodLuck!!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Irfan,Wahab,junaid and gul together would be a good combination against South africa.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

He has afive-wicket bag in the World Cup semi-final against India, still he was not selected by Pakistan team though they won series in India. Hats of to the Pakistan team management....

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