Monday 29, May 2023

Rashid's Incredible Rise Up the T20I Wicket Charts

Time News Desk: Rashid Khan went up to No.2 in the men's T20I bowling charts during his spell of 3-22 against Bangladesh which helped Afghanistan notch up their second win in Asia Cup 2022.

Rashid Khan went past Tim Southee to become the second-highest wicket-taker in men's T20Is during the win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Tuesday.

The leg-spinner, who had started the match with 112 scalps in the format, picked up 3-22, including the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah, to go to 115 wickets.

Southee was second in the wicket-takers list with 114 wickets before the match. Shakib Al Hasan holds on to his record with 122 wickets, the most by anyone in the men's game, and the second best in all T20Is, behind West Indies' Anisa Mohammed.

Rashid, who is only 23, has had a remarkable T20I career so far, averaging 13.73 and clocking an economy rate of 6.16 after 68 matches in the format. He has six hauls of four or more wickets in T20Is, which is again the joint-most in the men's game.

Rashid's spell, which followed an impressive three-wicket haul from Mujeeb ur Rahman, helped Afghanistan restrict Bangladesh to 127-7 in 20 overs.

However, it still took a remarkable 17-ball 43 not out from Najibullah Zadran for Afghanistan to seal a win and establish their position at the top of Group B in Asia Cup 2022 and ensure qualification to the next round.


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