On Tuesday, seasoned Pakistani spinner Nida Dar broke the record for most wickets ever in women’s T20 international cricket. During Pakistan’s final Group 2 encounter against England in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 36-year-old accomplished the milestone. Dar finished the game with statistics of 1/47 in four overs. Heather Knight, the captain of England, was taken out by her for only four runs. She has 126 wickets at an average of 18.18 and an economy rate of 5.47 in 130 matches. Her best format bowling average is 5/21.
Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies, with 125 wickets, Megan Schutt of Australia, with 122 wickets, Ellyse Perry of Australia, with 122 wickets, and Shabnim Ismail of Australia are the other top wicket-takers in the format after Dar (South Africa, 117 wickets).
Having chosen to bat first in the game, England scored 213/5. Prior to the powerplay’s end, they were down to 33/2. England regained control of the match thanks to a 74-run partnership between Danni Wyatt (59 off 33 balls) and Nat-Sciver Brunt. England was 113/4 after a couple more quick wickets. Brunt and wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones quickly put together a century stand from that point on (47 off 31 balls). With 12 fours and a six, Brunt completed with an unbeaten 81 in 40 balls.
Pakistan’s top bowler overall was Fatima Sana (2/44) for the team. With one wicket each, Dar, Sadia Iqbal, and Tuba Hassan completed the game.
Pakistan lost by 114 runs, the largest margin in Women’s T20 World Cup history, after failing to chase down 214 and finishing at 99/9 in their 20 overs. With 28 runs, Tuba Hassan led all scorers.
The top bowlers for England were Charlie Dean (2/28) and Katherine Sciver-Brunt (2/14) respectively. Each of Sarah Glenn, Nat Sciver, and Sophie Ecclestone took a wicket.
Nat Sciver’s all-around effort earned her the title of “Player of the Match.”
With four victories in four games and eight points overall, England finished group play first in Group 2. With just one victory in four games and two points, Pakistan finishes fourth in the group.
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