Melbourne: England fast bowler Steven Finn took a bizarre hat-trick off the last three balls in Saturday`s World Cup clash against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Like his team mates, Finn had come in for heavy punishment from Australia`s batsmen, who smashed 342-9 from their 50 overs, but grabbed some consolation when he became the first English bowler to take a hat-trick at a World Cup.
With three deliveries left in the innings, Finn dismissed Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 31 when he top edged a catch to Stuart Broad at deep third man.
Off the next ball, Glenn Maxwell, who crossed during Haddin`s deflection, departed for 66 when he was brilliantly caught by a diving Joe Root at long off.
Then off the final ball of the innings, Mitchell Johnson slapped the ball straight to Jimmy Anderson at mid-off, giving Finn an unexpected hat-trick and figures of 5-71.
Finn became just the seventh player to take a hat-trick at a World Cup.