“New Zealand Quick Achieves Rare Milestone in Thrilling First T20I Clash Against Pakistan!”

In a historic achievement, veteran New Zealand pacer Tim Southee became the first bowler to breach the 150-wicket barrier in Men’s T20 Internationals. Southee accomplished this feat during the first T20I against Pakistan at Eden Park, Auckland.

His remarkable figures of 4/25 in the match included Abbas Afridi as his 150th victim in T20Is. Southee, who made his T20I debut in 2008, was the third bowler to reach 100 T20I wickets, following Shakib Al Hasan and Lasith Malinga.

Top Five Wicket-Takers in Men’s T20 Internationals:

  1. Tim Southee – 151 wickets
  2. Shakib Al Hasan – 140 wickets
  3. Rashid Khan – 130 wickets
  4. Ish Sodhi – 127 wickets
  5. Lasith Malinga and Adil Rashid – 107 wickets each

Southee’s stellar performance at Eden Park, where he dismissed Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Abbas Afridi, and Haris Rauf, played a crucial role in New Zealand’s victory by 46 runs, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. The next T20I is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Hamilton. Southee currently boasts a total of 746 international wickets, with over 350 in Test cricket.

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