NZ's Tim Southee becomes highest wicket-taker in T20Is: Key stats
Veteran seamer Tim Southee punched figures worth 3/6 against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in Saturday's Super 12 clash of the T20 World Cup. The effort saw Australia fold on 111/10, thereby recording an 89-run defeat at the SCG. In the process, Southee became the highest-wicket taker in the history of T20I cricket, steering clear of Shakib Al Hasan. We decode his T20I numbers.
Leading wicket-taker in T20I history
Southee's (3/6) heroics with the ball raced him to 125 scalps in the format, averaging 24.08. As per ESPNcricinfo, the right-arm quick steered clear of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (122) to become the highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket. Spin wizard Rashid Khan (118), Lasith Malinga (107), and Ish Sodhi (104) follow suit.
Southee is now the 11th bowler with 25-plus scalps
Southee dismissed David Warner with the very first ball he delivered. He got the dangerous Mitchell Marsh next before coming back to clean up the hosts with the wicket of Pat Cummins. Southee is now the 11th bowler with 25-plus scalps in the ICC T20 World Cup. He surpassed Samuel Badree and Morne Morkel in terms of wickets (24 each).
New Zealand hammer Australia in the Super 12
New Zealand were off to a flying start, adding 56 runs in the first four overs. Finn Allen (42) was the chief architect. Conway added another 50-plus stand alongside Kane Williamson. NZ were 125/2 and then 152/3 before finishing on 200/3. James Neesham (26*) did well in the end. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood picked two scalps. In response, Australia folded for just 111.