Southee becomes second highest wicket-taker in T20Is
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has become the second highest wicket-taker in T20 international on Thursday (April 1). He has surpassed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s total tally of 98 wickets to achieve this record.
The 32-year old pacer claimed three wickets against Bangladesh in the last T20. Before the match, he had 96 wickets, then taking 3 wickets in the match, he earned the milestone with a great bowling figure. Southee played 83 matches to achieve the milestone. He conceded 15 runs in 2 overs in the match.
Only Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (95 wickets) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (92 wickets) the current players, are behind Southee to claim that record. Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga is still the highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 107 wickets. He’s also the only player to take 100+ wickets in T20Is.
In the meantime, New Zealand whitewashed Bangladesh in the T20I series too with 65-run win in the last T20I in Auckland on Thursday. Earlier, they whitewashed the Tigers in the ODI series too by 3-0. At the day, Southee-led New Zealand dominated the whole match as they scored 141/4 in 10 overs and then they bundled out Bangladesh for 76 runs in 9.3 overs to take the crushing win.