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Pakistan’s Nida Dar became the highest wicket-taker in Women’s T20I, Pakistan lost to England




Veteran Pakistan spinner Nida Dar on Tuesday became the highest wicket-taker in the history of women’s T20 cricket. The 36-year-old achieved the historic feat during Pakistan’s final Group 2 match against England in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. In the match, Dar finished with figures of 1/47 from four overs. He took the wicket of England captain Heather Knight for just four runs. In 130 matches, he has taken 126 wickets at an average of 18.18 and an economy rate of 5.47. His best bowling figures in the format are 5/21.

The other leading wicket-takers in the format behind Dar are Anisa Mohammed (West Indies, 125 wickets), Megan Schutt (Australia, 122 wickets), Ellyse Perry (Australia, 122 wickets) and Shabnim Ismail (South Africa, 117 wickets).

Coming into the match, England posted 213/5 after electing to bat first. They were reduced to 33/2 before the conclusion of the powerplay. A 74-run partnership between Danny Wyatt (59 off 33 balls) and Nate-Syver Brunt put England back in the game. After a few more quick wickets, England were 113/4. From that point, Brunt and wicketkeeper-batsman Amy Jones (47 off 31 balls) scored quick hundreds. Brunt scored an unbeaten 81 in 40 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six.

Fatima Sana (2/44) finished as the leading bowler for Pakistan. Dar, Sadia Iqbal and Tuba Hasan got one wicket each.

Chasing 214, Pakistan were never in the game and ended at 99/9 from their 20 overs, losing the game by 114 runs, the biggest margin in Women’s T20 World Cup history. Tuba Hasan scored the highest 28 runs.

Katherine Sciver-Brunt (2/14) and Charlie Dean (2/28) were the standout bowlers for England. Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver, Sarah Glenn took one wicket each.

Nat Sciver won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his all-round performance.

England have finished the group stage on top of Group 2 with four wins and eight points from four matches. Pakistan are fourth in the group with just one win and two points from four matches.

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