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On This Day: Priyanka Roy Became the First Indian Cricketer to Take 5 wickets in T20I

India and Pakistan, the arch-rivals met for the first time in ICC Women World T20 on 13th June 2009, in the inaugural edition of the tournament. Both the teams had lost the first match of their campaign and was looking forward to winning the next match. However, it was Priyanka Roy who changed the game for India.

Sana Mir won the toss at Taunton and decided to bat first. Her decision backfired when Pakistan lost their top order inside the mandatory powerplay. And the recurring chief for the destruction was a seamer form Bengal, Rumeli Dhar. With her pace and accurate length, she picked up the wicket of Nain Abidi, Bismah Maroof And Sajjida Shah. While Abidi and Shah were caught by Priyanka Roy, Maroof was caught behind the wicket by Sulakshana Naik after scoring 6. Pakistan was reduced to 42/5 after the end of the 10th over.

If Rumeli Dhar, a seamer from Bengal torn apart the Pakistani top order, Priyanka Roy a leg spinner from Bengal wrapped up the Pakistani lower order. Javeria Khan became her first victim when she was stumped by Naik for 2. In the very same over Armaan Khan who didn’t trouble the scorer much. In her next over she picked up the wickets of Skipper Sana Mira and Qanita Jalil. From 11-16 overs Pakistan managed to score only 13 runs and they lost their 4 wickets.

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Priyanka Roy became the first Indian cricketer to pick up 5 wickets in a T20I match when she Almas Akram gave a return catch back to Roy after making 12. Priyanka Roy picked up 5 wickets, giving away 16 runs in 23 balls.

Chasing a modest total of 76 India lost debutant Punam Raut for 0, Mithali Raj on 16 and Rumeli Dhar on 16. After a short partnership of 20 runs, Priyanka Roy was also sent to the pavilion. While the wickets kept falling, opener Anjum Chopra saved one end and played a knock of unbeaten knock of 37 runs from 52 balls. Her knock consisted of 5 fours and it was enough to hand India their first-ever victory in ICC T-20 World Cup and first Victory over Pakistan. India went on to win the match by 5 wickets and Priyanka Roy became the player of the match.

Brief Score:

Pakistan 75/10 (Nain Abidi 17, Priyanka Roy 5/16) lost to India 78/5 (Anjum Chopra 37*, Sana Mir 1/11) by 5 wickets.



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