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WI vs Pak Women 2021 – 1st T20I

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“Nida is an icon and inspiration to millions of young girls who are passionate about cricket and follow the game”

Nida Dar has become the first Pakistan player – male or female – to 100 T20I wickets. The 34-year old reached the milestone when she had West Indies opener Deandra Dottin caught by Diana Baig in the T20I series opener in North Sound. She picked up one more wicket on Wednesday – that of Stafanie Taylor – to push her tally to 101. Only Anisa Mohammed, Ellyse Perry, Shabnim Ismail and Anya Shrubsole have taken more wickets than Dar in women’s T20Is.

“Definitely there was a lot of hard work behind this milestone,” Dar said after the game, which Pakistan lost by 10 runs. “I always had this in mind to complete 100 wickets as quickly as possible. I had a chance in the previous series but unfortunately couldn’t do. But this time made sure I will try my best in this series against West Indies and I am feeling great by getting this in the very first game. Sadly, the game didn’t finish in our favour and it could have been a lot better if we won the game. Anyway, next time I will try to win the game from my performance.”

Among all Pakistan players, Shahid Afridi is the second-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 97 strikes. Among Pakistan Women, Sana Mir (89) is the second-highest wicket-taker, behind Dar, with Sadia Yousuf (57) at third. Dar’s career-best haul of 5 for 21 came against Malaysia in the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. The PCB hailed Dar’s latest achievement, calling her an “inspiration” for the next-gen women players.

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