Nida Dar becomes the first Pakistan bowler to 100 T20I wickets, joins Lasith Malinga as the second Asian to the milestone

She achieved the feat during Pakistan Women's opening T20I against West Indies Women on Wednesday in Antigua.

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Lasith Malinga and Nida Dar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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Nida Dar, on Wednesday, June 30, became the first Pakistan bowler to pick up 100 wickets in T20Is. The 34-year-old veteran accomplished the milestone during her team’s opening T20I against West Indies Women at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. Shahid Afridi, the former’s men’s cricketer, is second on the list with 98 wickets from 99 matches.

Dar also became the fifth women’s cricketer to get 100 T20I wickets after Anisa Mohammed, Ellyse Perry, Shabnim Ismail, and Anya Shrubsole. Mohammed was also a part of the match on Wednesday and she happens to be the leading wicket-taker with 120 scalps from 112 matches. As far as Dar is concerned, she also joined Lasith Malinga as the second Asian to reach the 100-wicket mark.

Nida Dar shines but Pakistan lose

Dar had an impressive outing in the game the other day. She was arguably the standout bowler for Pakistan Women as she got the prized scalps of Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor, who both are capable of changing a game on the top of its head. In the first match, Dottin looked ominous after she scored 31 runs off 26 balls with two fours and as many sixes at a strike rate of 119.23.

Dar was also the most economical bowler for her team as she gave 15 runs in four overs at an economy rate of 3.75. With the bat in hand, she smacked two fours before Shamilia Connell rattled her woodwork. Her overall efforts went in vain as Pakistan lost the game by 10 runs.

After being put in to bat first, West Indies managed 136 for six in 20 overs. Dottin and Hayley Matthews got into their 30s to kickstart the hosts’ innings. Cameos from Kyshona Knight, her sister Kycia Knight, and Chedean Nation carried the home team to a respectable score.

In the run-chase, Pakistan were reduced to six for 57 in the 13th over. With the visitors needing 80 runs off 45 balls, Ayesha Naseem’s 33-ball 45 and Fatima Sana’s 21-ball 24 took Pakistan close. However, the knocks weren’t enough for the visitors to get over the finishing line.