Shakib Al Hasan surpasses Lasith Malinga to become leading wickettaker in T20Is

Shakib also has 1783 runs to his name

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit Twitter)

Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has become the leading wickettaker in T20I cricket. Shakib leapfrogged Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga to go up the table. The southpaw now has 108 wickets to his tally, one more than Malinga’s 107.

Shakib picked up the wickets of Richie Berrington and Michael Leask in Bangladesh’s T20 International Cup game against Scotland. The spinner bowled a spell of 2-17 to help Bangladesh restrict Scotland for 140-9.

Shakib achieved the feat in his 89th T20, while Malinga had taken 107 wickets in 84 T20Is. Meanwhile, Shakib is also the only player to have more than 1000 runs and 100 wickets in T20Is. So far, he has scored 1783 runs at an average of 22.89 and a strike rate of 121.41. He also has nine half-centuries to his name. Meanwhile, his 108 wickets have come at an average of 20.38 and an economy of 6.70.

Unfortunately for Bangladesh, Shakib’s sensational spell could not help Bangladesh end up winning the match. The bowlers did help their team to restrict Scotland to a below-par score but the batting was once again at fault as Bangladesh could only manage 134-7 in 20 overs to lose the match by 6 runs. Only the top two teams from the group qualify for the next round thus Bangladesh need to win the upcoming two games to stand a chance.

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