NZ vs PAK T20I: A five-match T20 series is being played between Pakistan and New Zealand. In the first match of this series, New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 46 runs. Many big records were made during this match, where New Zealand’s experienced Tim Southee created history by taking four wickets against Pakistan in the first T20I match at Eden Park, Auckland. Saudi is the only player in the world to achieve such a feat in T20 International. In fact, he has become the first cricketer in the world to reach 150 wickets in T20 International.
Saudi created history
New Zealand recorded an impressive 46-run win with equal contributions from Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell and Southee to take a 1–0 lead in the five-match series on home soil. Saudi has been the leading wicket-taker in T20 and has taken 150 T20 wickets, surpassing players like Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan. The 35-year-old right-arm fast bowler bowled the match-winning bowler in this match, taking four wickets for 25 runs in four overs. Saudi first dismissed Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed in his first spell and then finished the match with two wickets in the 18th over.
List of bowlers taking most wickets in T20 International
Tim Southee (New Zealand) – 151 wickets in 118 matches
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) – 140 wickets in 117 matches
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) – 130 wickets in 82 matches
Ish Sodhi (New Zealand) – 127 wickets in 106 matches
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) – 107 wickets in 84 matches
How has been Saudi’s T20 career?
In this match, he took his 150th T20 wicket by dismissing debutant Abbas Afridi and ended the game with the wicket of Rauf. Southee has now taken 151 wickets in 118 T20I matches at an impressive average of 22.96 and an economy rate of 8.11. Two five-wicket hauls are also recorded in his name. Whereas Saudi has taken the most wickets in T20 International against Pakistan in his career. He has 32 wickets in his name in 19 matches.
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