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Last Updated:  Friday, 14 February, 2003, 08:58 GMT

Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas celebrates his hat-trick against Bangladesh
Vaas is a record machine
Born: 27/01/74
Team: Colts Cricket Club
ODI debut: 15/02/94
Past World Cups: 1996, 1999

Left-arm fast bowler
Left-handed batsman

The man with one of cricket's longest names - Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas - needed just three deliveries to make his mark on the 2003 World Cup.

Vaas came into the tournament boasting the best ever bowling figures in a one-day international - eight for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2001.

And the Sri Lankan seamer now holds the distinction of being the only man to take a hat-trick with the first three deliveries of a Test or one-day game.

Vaas bowled Hannan Sarkar with the opening ball of the Pool B match against Bangladesh.

The 29-year-old then took a return catch off Mohammad Ashraful with the second and had Ehsanul Haque caught in the slips by Mahela Jayawardene with the third.

It was only the third hat-trick in World Cup history, following Chetan Sharma's treble for India against New Zealand in 1987 and Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq against Zimbabwe in 1999.

But Vaas was not finished.

After being hit for four and bowling a wide, he trapped Sanwar Hossain lbw on his sixth delivery to leave Bangladesh reeling on five for four.

That made him the only bowler ever to take four wickets in their first over of a Test or one-day game.

And the statistics do not end there.

Vaas joins Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Saqlain in a select group of players to claim two hat-tricks in one-day internationals.

His first came during that devastating eight-over spell against Zimbabwe at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club 15 months ago.

Stuart Carlisle, Craig Wishart and Tatenda Taibu were the victims as Zimbabwe were shot out for 38 - the lowest ever total in a one-day international.

Vaas has a healthy World Cup pedigree.

He first came to prominence at the 1996 World Cup when he helped Sri Lanka to their first title, taking the wicket of Australia's Mark Waugh during the climax.

His Test figures are not bad either.

He has collected 200 wickets at an economy rate of 2.63 and in 2001 he managed to take 14 West Indies scalps for 191.





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