Shabnim Ismail records the fastest delivery in women’s cricket history.

Shabnim Ismail records the fastest delivery in women’s cricket history. Ismail clocked 132.1 kmph while bowling to Meg Lanning at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Shabnim Ismail, a South African pacer, made history by bowling the fastest ball in women’s cricket. On Tuesday, March 4, the Mumbai Indians’ right-arm pacer unleashed a thunderbolt against the Delhi Capitals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, clocking an astonishing 132.1 kilometres per hour.

The incident happened on the second ball of the third over, when Ismail charged in to bowl to Delhi captain Meg Lanning. The former Australia captain missed the delivery as it collided with her front pad due to a misjudgment of its speed. The defending champions asked for LBW, but the on-field umpire denied it.

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Ismail was asked if this was the fastest she had ever bowled

To which the 35-year-old replied that she does not check the big screen while bowling. “I don’t look at the big screen when I bowl,” Ismail told JioCinema.

In addition to her WPL performances, Ismail holds the record for the fastest delivery in international women’s cricket. She had previously clocked 128 km/h against the West Indies in 2016 and 127 km/h twice during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. She had previously been unable to cross the 130 kmph barrier, but that changed against Delhi.

When it comes to her performance, Ismail conceded 46 runs in four overs as Delhi scored 192 in the first innings. Lanning and Shafali established the tone of the game, which Jemimah Rodrigues later exploited. Notably, Shafali smashed 28 runs off 12 deliveries to give Delhi a perfect start, while Lanning scored 53 runs off 38 deliveries. Jemimah later joined the party and scored 69* runs off 33 deliveries to give Delhi the lead at the break.

Mumbai struggled early in the run chase. Despite being reduced to 29/3, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side refused to give up. Amanjot Kaur and Sanjeevan Sajana played some good cricket near the end but were unable to win the match, which Delhi won by 29 runs.

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