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Deepti Sharma created history, India beat West Indies in Women’s T20 World Cup

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Deepti Sharma took three wickets against West Indies© AFP

All-rounder Deepti Sharma on Wednesday added a new feather to her cap during the Women’s T20 World Cup Group B clash against the West Indies. The 25-year-old spinner scalped three wickets, including that of Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle and Affie Fletcher. Apart from taking three wickets, Deepti completed her 100 wickets in T20I cricket and became the first Indian bowler to achieve the feat in the shortest format. Deepti has reached this point in 89 matches, where her economy has been 6.1.

Deepti is followed by Poonam Yadav (98), Radha Yadav (67), Rajeshwari Gaikwad (58), Jhulan Goswami (56) and Ekta Bisht (53) in terms of taking the most wickets for Indian women in T20Is. In men’s cricket, veteran spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is the highest wicket-taker for India with a total of 91 wickets to his name.

Coming into the match, Deepti shone with the ball ahead of Richa Ghosh-led India’s six-wicket win over West Indies in their Women’s T20 World Cup Group 2 match in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Deepti restricted the West Indies batsmen to 118 for six after being asked to bowl. The veteran off-spinner (3/15) took three wickets to become the first Indian to take 100 WT20I wickets.

Ghosh (44 not out) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (33) then put on a crucial 72-run partnership to hand India their second win of the tournament with 11 balls to spare.

with PTI inputs

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