It can't get crazier than this, can it? Pakistan's Abdur Rehman became the first spinner to be sent off for bowling a hat-trick of beamers during his side's Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. What's more, he even conceded eight runs to finish with freakish figures of 0-0-8-0.
Brought into the attack in the 11th over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner's first delivery to Imrul Kayes slipped out of his hand and sailed above waist-height and wide outside the off-stump. The second ball turned out to be a chest-high beamer, which the batsman pulled to deep midwicket. The fielder pouched it, but Kayes stayed at the crease and replays confirmed it was a no-ball.
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) playing conditions, a bowler is taken out of the attack after sending down more than one full toss above the waist but South African umpire Johan Cloete let Rehman continue after a brief chat with Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.
Still trying to bowl a legitimate delivery, Rehman went for a change of angle. Operating from round the wicket, he ended up bowling another high full toss, this time at the body of Anamul Haque, who pulled it to the midwicket boundary for four. Rehman was then taken out of the attack after conceding the highest amount of runs ever recorded without bowling a single ball, and was replaced by fellow left-arm spinner Fawad Alam. Alam bowled six legitimate deliveries without much trouble, giving away just two runs.
THE OVER THAT WASN'T
10.1 overs: Abdur Rehman to Imrul Kayes — no ball; the ball slips out of his hand and ends up high and wide outside off-stump
10.2 overs: Abdur Rehman to Imrul Kayes — no ball; one run; Rehman produces a similar delivery. The batsman hits it straight to the man at deep midwicket and, bizarrely enough, the umpires allow him to continue
10.3 overs: Abdur Rehman to Anamul Haque — no ball; four; shocking as it may sound, Rehman bowls another beamer! He is finally taken off