Sana Mir becomes world’s most successful women’s ODI spinner

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

Cape Town - Captain Sune Luus hit a free-scoring 80 and Masabata Klaas claimed three wickets, but it was not enough as Pakistan managed to tie the decisive third ICC Women's Championship (IWC) One-Day International against the Proteas in Benoni on Sunday - meaning the series was drawn at Willowmoore Park. Nashra has moved up five positions to 21st among bowlers after grabbing two for eight in Pakistan's eight-wicket win in the first match in Potchefstroom.

The drawn verdict, a outcome of a thrilling tie in the final match in Benoni, resulted in both teams overtaking New Zealand in the points table with South Africa now in fourth position with 16 points from 15 matches and Pakistan on 15 from as many matches.

The teams move on to their five-match T20 worldwide series starting at Tuks Oval in Pretoria on Wednesday, May 15.

Aliya scored a 32-run partnership on the sixth wicket with Umaima Sohail (16) and went on to add a 46-run partnership on the seventh wicket with Sana Mir (16) to keep Pakistan in the hunt.

Pakistan were reduced to 37/3 early on as Shabnim Ismail (1/42), Marizanne Kapp (2/57) and Klaas struck - the latter, fresh from a hat-trick in the previous game, removing the unsafe opposition captain Bismah Maroof for three. Aiman Anwar was run out leaving the last pair of Nashra and Sidra Nawaz with the task of 11 runs off four balls, soon after, Nashra's heroics sealed a thrilling tie for Pakistan.

Earlier, South Africa posted 265-6 in their allotted 50 overs after Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof won the toss and opted to field first. Sana, who is the leading wicket-taker in this edition of the championship with 35 scalps, is now also the most successful spinner in ODIs with 147 wickets, one more than the mark of 146 shared by West Indies' Anisa Mohammed and retired Australian Lisa Sthalekar. Aliya bagged took two quick wickets by dismissing Lee and Andrie Steyn (9) with the score of 90 after 20 overs.

Mir's wicket came in 49th over of the South African innings when she dismissed Luus. Luus found good support in Chloe Tryon who made a quickfire 28 off 15 balls.

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