The United Arab Emirates have lost to Sri Lanka by 79 runs to all but end their T20 World Cup hopes, but enjoyed two moments of sheer brilliance that will live long in the memory.
Firstly, Karthik Meiyappan took the first hat-trick of the Twenty20 World Cup — and only the fifth ever in the history of the tournament.
Asian champions Sri Lanka were motoring at 117-2 in the first-round clash at Geelong when the leg-break bowler struck in the 15th over, removing Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka and skipper Dasun Shanaka in successive balls.
Rajapaksa was caught in the deep, Asalanka caught behind and Shanaka clean-bowled.
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