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Shabnim Ismail fastest bowler in women’s cricket

Published : 06 Mar 2024 09:34 PM | Updated : 06 Mar 2024 09:35 PM

The former South Africa fast bowler was clocked at 132.1km/h (82.08mph) playing for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Capitals in the Women's Premier League.

Ex-Australia captain Meg Lanning was hit on the front pad by the delivery but an appeal for lbw was turned down.

It is the first time the 130km/h barrier has been broken in the women's game.

The Mumbai seamer broke the record with the second ball of the third over of the match unaware she had done so until the end of the innings, saying she doesn't "look at the big screen when I am bowling".

Ismail, 35, also holds the record for the quickest ball in women's international cricket - 128km/h (79.54mph) against the West Indies in 2016 - and hit 127km/h twice during the 2022 World Cup.

Despite her record-breaking delivery, it was a tough day for Ismail as she took 1-46 from her four overs in a 29-run loss for Mumbai.

Jemimah Rodrigues starred for Delhi, hitting an unbeaten 69 from 33 balls.