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Picking up five wickets in an innings is a great personal achievement for any bowler in international cricket. However, that task gets a lot tougher in T20 Internationals, where they get to bowl just four overs. Hence, we see five-wicket hauls a little less often in the 20-over format of the game. 

However, Netherlands’ Frederique Overdijk and Argentina’s Alison Stocks went a step ahead and picked up seven wickets in an innings to register the best bowling figures in Women’s T20 Internationals. In WT20Is, a total of 13 bowlers have picked up six wickets or more in an innings and two of them went on to pick up seven wickets. 

In August 2021, Netherlands bowler Frederique Overdijk became the first bowler in T20 International history, among men and women, to pick up seven wickets in an innings. She finished with figures of 7/3 in four overs against France Women, who got bowled out for 33 runs and succumbed to a nine-wicket loss. 

A year later, Argentina’s Alison Stocks leveled Overdijk’s record and registered figures of 7/3 as well, in 3.4 overs. Stocks did it against Peru, which resulted in the South American team getting bowled out for just 31 runs. Argentina won the match by 10 wickets. 

Amy Satterthwaite was the first bowler in Women’s T20 Internationals to pick up a five-wicket haul. During a bilateral T20I contest against England Women in August 2007, The Kiwi off-breaker picked up six wickets and gave away just 17 runs. 

Satterthwaite was also the first cricketer in T20 International cricket, among men and women, to pick up six wickets in an innings. Her explosive spell helped New Zealand defend a 151-run target successfully as they won the match by 38 runs. 

Nepal’s Anjali Chand and Tanzania’s Nasra Saidi are the only bowlers in T20I history to pick up a five-fer without conceding a run. Anjali Chand picked up six wickets in 2.1 overs without conceding a run against Maldives Women, while Nasra Saidi bagged five wickets in 2.5 overs against Mali Women. Needless to say, both their efforts resulted in easy wins for their respective teams.

Here’s a look at the best bowling figures in Women’s T20Is. 

Best bowling figures in Women’s T20Is 

Bowler (Country)

Opponent

Bowling figures

Year

Frederique Overdijk (Netherlands)

France 

7/3

2021

Alison Stocks (Argentina)

Peru

7/3

2022

Anjali Chand (Nepal)

Maldives

6/0

2019

Mas Elysa (Mali)

China

6/3

2019

Shameelah Mosweu (Botswana)

Mozambique

6/3

2021

Botsogo Mpedi (Botswana)

Lesotho

6/8

2018

Nary Thapa (Nepal)

Hong Kong

6/8

2019

Phoup Srey Pheak (Cambodia)

Philippines

6/9

2022

Zon Lin (Myanmar)

Indonesia

6/10

2019

Esther Mbofona (Zimbabwe)

Eswatini

6/11

2021

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