Shabnim Ismail Writes Her Name in History Books, Becomes Leading Wicket-Taker in Women’s T20 WC

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Last Update: February 26, 2023, 21:21 IST

Shabnim Ismail became the highest wicket-taker in T20 World Cup history (Twitter)

Shabnim Ismail became the highest wicket-taker in T20 World Cup history (Twitter)

Shabnim Ismail surpassed Anya Shrubsole to become the highest wicket-taker in Women’s T20 World Cup history with 43 wickets.

Star South African fast bowler Shabnim Ismail on Sunday, February 26, became the highest wicket-taker in the history of women’s T20Is. World cup. Ismail took two wickets in the final of T20 World Cup 2023 against Australia at Newlands Cricket Maidan in Cape Town.

The 34-year-old was tied with former England cricketer Anya Shrubsole on 41 wickets before the final, although she took two crucial wickets in the final over of Australia’s innings.

Shabneem, who dismissed Ellyse Perry and Georgia Wareham in the final over of her spell, conceded just 26 runs including a maiden over.

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She is now at the top of the heap, the leading wicket-taker in Women’s T20 World Cup history with 43 players having played in all eight editions of the T20 World Cup.

With 32 caps in the T20 World Cup under his belt, the veteran bowler restricted Australia to a total of 156/6 in 20 overs after skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat.

While Ismail has overtaken Shrubsole’s count, he is being followed by Perry, who has 40 wickets to his name. Australia’s Megan Schutt (39 wickets) and West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor (33 wickets) are among the top five bowlers with most wickets in T20 World Cup history.

Earlier in the semi-final, Ismail had breached a speed of 80 mph, making it the fastest delivery in women’s cricket.

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Talking about the match, Australia opener Beth Mooney remained unbeaten on 74, thus helping her team post a fightable total on the board.

Ashley Gardner had added 29 runs, while Alyssa Healy also scored 18 runs.

Ismail and Marijan Kapp were both among the most sought-after players for South Africa, both taking two wickets, while Nonkululeko Mlaba and Chloe Tryon got one each.

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