New Zealand’s Tim Southee becomes the second-highest wicket-taker in the T20Is format!

Tim Southee

The Back Caps stand-in captain, Tim Southee becomes the second-highest wicket-taker in the T20Is. He had successfully dismissed Bangladesh batsman Mosaddek Hossain in the third & final T20I in Auckland & completed 99 wickets haul to reach this remarkable milestone in the T20I format.

Tim Southee had a total of 96 wickets registered on his name before the third T20I & required just 3 more wickets to surpass former Pakistan’s Captain Shahid Afridi in achieving this feat. The Stand-in Captain & fast bowler Southee quickly fetched three more wickets to become the second leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is.

Sri Lanka’s legendary bowler Lasith Malinga is still the first highest wicket-taker in the T20Is by registering 107 wickets on his name. Malinga is also the only bowler who has scalped more than 100 wickets in the T20Is format of cricket. Only Afghanistan’s spinner Rashid Khan & Shakib Khan are the bowlers who are close to Southee’s feat.

Shedding some light on the third T20I between New Zealand & Bangladesh, Todd Astle & Tim Southee shook Bangladesh’s batting order to help New Zealand win the final T20I by 65 runs on Thursday & give a clean sweep to Bangladesh.

Some power-pack batting performance from the New Zealand openers guided them to a 141/4 runs victory after the match was reduced to 10 overs per team. Bangladesh was then restricted to just 76 runs to give the hosts a clean series sweep. New Zealand defeated Bangladesh at 3-0.

Chasing an average total of 142 runs, the hosts never looked comfortable as they lost two wickets right in the first over of the match, thanks to an outstanding bowling stint by Tim Southee. For Bangladesh Mohammed Naim was the star batsman but his stint at the crease was so short that Bangladesh gave up all their hopes even before starting the run chase. By scalping Naim’s wicket in the 4th over, Astle destroyed Bangladesh’s middle batting order & didn’t allow any batsmen to get to the double-digit score by scalping four crucial wickets.


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