Nida Dar plays 100th T20I
Nida Dar bowls against England, which was her 100th T20I match. AFP
Nida Dar Friday became Pakistan’s third woman cricketer to have featured in 100 T20Is when Pakistan played England in their second Group-B fixture of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.
The all-rounder started her T20I career in the 2010 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and is the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in the format with 94 wickets at an average of 17.76 and third highest run-getter with 1,104 runs at a strike-rate of 95.83.
Nida Dar too k two wickets for 43 runs in the match and was out after scoring just five runs.
The 33-year-old is third Pakistan woman cricketer after current captain Bismah Maroof (107 matches) and former captain Sana Mir (106 matches) to achieve the milestone.
Nida Dar said before the match: “It will be a great moment for me when I will set my foot inside the boundary rope for my 100th T20I and I am very excited for it. I am hoping to make it a memorable one. It gives me immense pleasure that Pakistan’s women cricket has grown immensely since I started playing at the international level. With the women’s cricket growing at a rapid pace all over the world and more matches being scheduled, I am hopeful our up and coming cricketers will achieve this landmark more regularly.
“I want to take this opportunity and thank my coaches, the PCB and teammates who have inspired me and have been there whenever I have needed guidance. I am extremely grateful to my family for their unconditional support.”