Tim Southee became the first New Zealand bowler to take 250 T20 wickets© BCCI/IPL
Tim Southee was in glowing form in Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against Punjab Kings on Friday, as the veteran New Zealand paceman took the wickets of lead-off hitter Shikhar Dhawan and big hitter Shahrukh Khan to shock the opposition. Umesh Yadav was the bowlers’ choice with 4 wickets. Southee took the crucial wicket from Dhawan, who could have played the anchor for Punjab.
The Kiwi star achieved a major personal milestone when he sent Shahrukh Khan back for a duck as he became the first New Zealand bowler to complete 250 wickets in T20 cricket.
Southee’s new ball partner to the New Zealand team, Trent Boult, has yet to exceed 200 wickets in T20 cricket, but Mitchell McClenaghan and others are in hot pursuit.
Kolkata Knight Riders took to Twitter to celebrate the Blackcaps star’s achievement.
“The Southee Express is unstoppable!!!! What a remarkable achievement,” was the caption they had used.
The Southee Express is unstoppable!!!! †
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRIders) Apr 1, 2022
Southee has also had a stellar career in T20 internationals and is currently the second highest wicket taker with 111 scalps in 92 matches, 8 behind record holder Shakib Al Hasan.
Southee finished with 2/36 in the match against Punjab Kings, who were knocked out for 137.
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