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August 23, 2019
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ICC, PCB congratulate Sana Mir for becoming most successful ODI spinner

BENONI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) congratulated Pakistan’s off-spinner Sana Mir for becoming the most successful women’s ODI spinner in the world.

Sana Mir achieved the feat when she dismissed South Africa’s Sune Luus in the third One-Day International of the ICC Women’s Championship which ended in a thrilling tie at the Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

It was Sana’s 147th ODI wicket in her 118th appearance, helping her leapfrog Anisa Mohammed of the Windies and Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar into third place on the all-time list of most successful bowlers, behind fast bowlers Jhulan Goswami of India (218) and Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180).

Following the achievement, the ICC congratulated  Mir on its Twitter handle. The tweet states:

“Congratulations, @mir_sana05!

She’s just taken her 147th ODI wicket meaning that she now has more wickets in the format than any other female spinner in history.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board also congratulated Sana Mir on the feat.

Mir’s wicket came in 49th over of the South African innings when she dismissed Luus. The South African set the visitors a target of 266 after being put into bat with openers Lizelle Lee (57) and Laura Wolvaardt (56) giving them a solid start in a 75-run first-wicket partnership.

Third Pakistan-SA ODI ends in a thrilling tie

Javeria Khan (74) and Aliya Riaz (71) led Pakistan’s reply with tailender Nashra Sandhu hitting a six off the penultimate ball of the match and then taking a single off the final ball with two runs to secure a tie that meant the series finished in a 1-1 draw.

The result means Pakistan occupies the fifth spot in the ICC Women’s Championship rankings with 15 points from as many games, one more than New Zealand who has 14 points.

Sana, meanwhile, is third in the ICC bowlers’ rankings but is expected to make an upward movement when the new rankings are released on Monday. In October last year, she became the first Pakistan bowler to top the ICC rankings.