South Africa fast bowler, Ayabonga Khaka in South Africa’s first match of 2022 WC on Saturday reached a big career milestone as she took her 100th ODI wicket against Bangladesh. By taking the wicket of Rumana Ahmed in the 35th over, Khaka reached the milestone of 100 ODI wickets in her 74th one-day international.
Debuting in 2012, Khaka was in and out of the side till 2016. She had a breakout year in 2016 when she took 22 wickets in 16 matches. She followed it up with 21 wickets in 2017 and 17 wickets in 2018. The right arm didn’t perform well in 2019 and 2020 as she took only 6 wickets.
The Speedster has been excellent over the last 12 months. In 2021, she took 14 wickets in 9 ODIs. When South Africa toured to West Indies in early January 2022, she took 10 wickets in the 4 match series.
Khaka’s record has been excellent home and away as she has taken 43 wickets both at home and away. She has 17 wickets against Bangladesh, 16 against New Zealand, 15 against India, and 10 against England. She has two 4 wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul with her best being 5 for 26 at an average of 23.31.
100 International Career Wickets for Ayabonga Khaka
Just the fifth South African to achieve this milestone. #CWC22 #TeamSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/8o7PM82dQm
— Female Cricket #CWC22 (@imfemalecricket) March 5, 2022
As Khaka has started off the tournament in style taking a 4 wicket haul against Bangladesh putting South Africa in driver’s seat. The team will be expecting to continue her good form and be dominant throughout the tournament.
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