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Tim Southee Makes History with 150 T20I Wickets as NZ Triumphs Against Pakistan

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In a historic moment, seasoned New Zealand pacer Tim Southee became the first bowler to reach 150 T20I wickets, achieving this milestone during the series opener against Pakistan in Auckland.

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Southee’s remarkable performance, finishing with 4/25, played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s 46-run victory.

Key Highlights:

  1. Tim Southee’s Milestone: Southee, making his T20I debut in February 2008, reached the unprecedented feat of 150 T20I wickets. His impressive figures of 4/25 contributed significantly to New Zealand’s success.
  2. Statistical Overview: With 151 wickets in 118 games at an average of 22.96 and an economy rate of 8.11, Southee stands as a T20I bowling stalwart. He surpasses Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (140 wickets) among top wicket-takers.
  3. Fifer Achievements: Southee holds the distinction of being the only Kiwi bowler with two five-wicket hauls in T20Is. Notably, his 5/25 against the United Arab Emirates in 2021 ranks among the top figures for a full-member team captain in T20I cricket.
  4. Hat-Trick Heroics: Southee’s exceptional bowling talent includes two T20I hat-tricks. His first hat-trick came in 2010 against Pakistan, and he repeated the feat in 2022 against India, joining Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the only bowler with two T20I hat-tricks.
  5. Consistent Performance Across Venues: Southee’s wicket-taking prowess is evident across different venues. He has claimed 85 wickets in 63 T20Is at home, 35 wickets in 26 away matches, and 31 wickets in 29 neutral venues. Notably, 32 of his wickets have come against Pakistan at an impressive average.

Match Summary:

The series opener saw a dazzling start for New Zealand, with Finn Allen’s explosive 35 off 15 balls, followed by significant contributions from Kane Williamson (57) and Daryl Mitchell (61), propelling NZ to a formidable total of 226/8.

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Despite initial resistance from Pakistan’s Saim Ayub (27 off 8 balls) and Babar Azam’s commendable 57, the visitors fell short in their chase.

Tim Southee’s historic achievement adds another chapter to his illustrious T20I career, marking a memorable victory for New Zealand.

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