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Shabnim Ismail’s Fiery Send-Off to Shafali Verma After Back-to-back Sixes
By CricShots - Mar 6, 2024 11:22 am
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In a pulsating encounter in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024, the Delhi Capitals Women clashed with the Mumbai Indians Women in a gripping reverse fixture at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, marking the halfway point of the tournament. While the two teams had faced off in the tournament opener, this reverse fixture witnessed the Delhi Capitals Women emerging victorious, solidifying their position at the top of the table.

Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma smashed Shabnam Ismail for back-to-back sixes

The match not only saw historical records being set but also featured some intense moments, including a fiery sendoff. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai Indians Women brought in Shabnim Ismail to open the bowling attack. In the fourth over of the DC Women’s innings, Indian batter Shafali Verma showcased her prowess by smashing Ismail for consecutive sixes.

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However, the Protean pacer had the last laugh, dismissing Verma on the third delivery of the over, curtailing her innings at 28 runs off 12 deliveries. Ismail’s frustration found expression in a heated sendoff, audibly captured with her exclamation, “F**k off.”

 

Moreover, Shabnim Ismail etched her name in the annals of women’s cricket history by clocking the fastest delivery ever recorded in the sport. During the match against Delhi Capitals Women, Ismail unleashed a blistering delivery at a staggering speed of 132.1 kmph, setting a new benchmark in women’s cricket.

This remarkable feat surpasses Ismail’s previous best of 128 kmph achieved against West Indies in 2016, and her consistency in bowling at such high speeds underscores her exceptional talent and dedication to the game.

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When questioned about her record-breaking delivery, Ismail humbly remarked, “(I don’t) look at the big screen when I am bowling,” showcasing her focus and determination on the field. As the Women’s Premier League 2024 progresses, each match continues to captivate audiences with its blend of exceptional skill, fierce competition, and historic achievements, further elevating the stature of women’s cricket on the global stage.