South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail delivers fastest ball in women’s cricket

South Africas cricketer Shabnim Ismail celebrates. — Indian media
South Africa’s cricketer Shabnim Ismail celebrates. — Indian media 

Shabnim Ismail, who is a South African cricketer, made history by bowling the fastest ball in women’s cricket at a speed of 130 kilometres per hour (kmph) on Tuesday. 

Shabnim became the first female bowler to have achieved this feat during a match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Women’s Premier League match.

The second season of the league is being played in India’s Bengaluru and Delhi.

She is also the only Muslim woman to have played international cricket for the South African team. 

The South African player is representing Mumbai Indians. Shabnam bowled the second ball of the third over at a speed of 132.1 kmph at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi.

She bowled against Australian captain Meg Lanning which hit her pads.

This is not the first time Shabnim has achieved this feat as she held this record earlier as well. She had bowled at 128 kmph against West Indies in 2016.

Moreover, she also bowled at a speed of 127 kmph twice during the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s World Cup.

The 35-year-old had after the T20 World Cup last year.


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