Kiwi Oram stumped by his hat-trick feat

September 3, 2009 (AFP) – New Zealand’s Jacob Oram said Thursday he was unaware he had taken a hat-trick during the thrilling three-run win over Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international. Oram’s three wickets in three balls, but in separate overs, was missed by almost everyone at the Premadasa stadium on Wednesday night, including Oram’s team-mates, the Sri Lankans and television commentators.

The tense finish and the helter-skelter nature of the Twenty20 game ensured the rare feat was forgotten, till Oram returned to the team hotel late at night after the match.

“The first I knew of it was when I got to the hotel,” Oram, 31, a veteran of eight years in international cricket, said.

“My parents had watched the match and the old man had e-mailed to say congratulations on the hat-trick.

“That was the first I had heard of it.”

The tall all-rounder took a return catch off Angelo Mathews with the last ball of his third over, the 17th of the innings.

He was then called on to bowl the final over with Sri Lanka needing nine runs with three wickets in hand to surpass New Zealand’s 141-8.

Oram dismissed Malinga Bandara and Nuwan Kulasekara off the first