Sana Mir becomes worlds most successful ODI spinner

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             Javeria Khan 74 for Pakistan

Cricket South Africa Javeria Khan 74 for Pakistan

Pakistan's off-spinner Sana Mir became the most successful women's ODI spinner in the world when she dismissed South Africa's Sune Luus in the third One-Day International of the ICC Women's Championship in Benoni, South Africa on Sunday.

In reality, both the unique and prestigious personal world record and the team ranking might not stand the test of time for long, as Sana leapfrogged over Anisa Mohammad of West Indies and Lisa Sthalekar of Australia, both on 146 wickets, while the Pakistan side is just a point ahead (15) of the New Zealand squad (14) after playing 15 matches apiece. The two added 74 runs for the fifth wicket after Pakistan had been reduced to 91 for four in the 24th over. According to the format, every team will play 3 matches ODI series against all 8 participating teams on a home and away basis.

Among batters, Javeria Khan has moved up two places to 22nd after scoring 128 runs in the series and her Pakistan team-mate Aliya Riaz's 71 in the final match has helped her move up 25 places to 80th position.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board also congratulated Sana Mir on the feat. She was dismissed with the visitors needing another 17 to clinch a series win. Aiman Anwar was run out leaving the last pair of Nashra and Sidra Nawaz with the task of 11 runs off four balls, soon after, Nashra's heroics sealed a thrilling tie for Pakistan.

Pakistan were reduced to 37/3 early on as Shabnim Ismail (1/42), Marizanne Kapp (2/57) and Klaas struck - the latter, fresh from a hat-trick in the previous game, removing the unsafe opposition captain Bismah Maroof for three.

Earlier, South Africa posted 265 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Sana Mir took the 147th wicket of her career to become the highest wicket-taking spinner in women's ODIs.

South Africa dominated proceedings with half-centuries by openers Lizelle Lee (57 off 61 balls) and Laura Wolvaardt (56 off 84 balls). The innings, though, gained significant momentum when the big-hitting Chloe Tryon came to the crease with the powerfully built right-hander bludgeoning 28 off only 15 balls (1x4, 2x6) at the backend of the innings.

For Pakistan, Aliya with figures of 10-1-49-2 was the most successful bowler, Aimen Anwar, Nida Dar and Sana took a wicket each.

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