Megan Schutt becomes first woman to claim two white ball hat-tricks

Australian pacer Megan Schutt became the woman to claim to hat-tricks in white ball cricket - her first in a T20I against India in 2018 and her ODI hat-trick on Thursday against West Indies.

Megan Schutt dismissed India's Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma in a T20I to claim her first hat-trick last year.   -  Getty Images

Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt scripted history be becoming the first woman to claim two hat-tricks in white ball cricket after she cleaned up the West Indies tail in the third ODI here.

Schutt (3/24), thus, became the first Australian women to claim a hat-trick in ODIs. Her feat enabled Australia women to bowl out West Indies women for a paltry 180.

Later chasing 181, half centuries by opener Alyssa Healy (61) and captain Meg Lanning (58) helped Australia beat the host by eight wickets in the third game of the five-match series on Wednesday. The visitor has now taken an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Schutt bowled an economical spell without a wicket through 9.3 overs before dismissing the trio of Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher in the final three deliveries of the West Indies’ innings to bundle out the host for 180.

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The 26-year-old Schutt had claimed her first hat-trick in a Twenty20 game against India in March last year. She had removed opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

“It was good to actually take it all in the one over. It’s kind of luck of the draw, it was the last over of the innings so you’re either getting hit for six or getting wickets,” Schutt told cricket.com.au.

“I just hoped for the best really, I know my back-of-the-hand slower ball is effective on wickets that turn a bit so I just looked to take as much pace off as I could,” she added.