Former Karnataka women’s cricketer etches history for Germany after picking four wickets in four balls

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Germany’s captain Anuradha Doddaballapur has become the first woman to take four wickets in four balls in the Twenty20 Internationals with her stunning spell of 5/1 against Austria on Friday. With this, the German team has registered a 137-run victory over Austria in the fourth T20I of the bilateral series.

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Notably, the league has marked as the return of Women’s Cricket amid the global pandemic novel coronavirus which has brought the entire world into a standstill. This not only postponed several lives but also postponed every sporting event across the globe.

However, the Women’s Cricket has last played on March 8 – the final of ICC T20 World Cup between Australia Women’s Team and India Women’s Team where Australia successfully lifted the trophy for the fifth time under Meg Lanning’s captaincy.

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However, it was a good day at the office for the German as they have posted a mammoth 198/0 with Christina Gough smashing a 70-ball 101*. While the openers dealt in boundaries only – 19 in total, they didn’t hit any six.

Notably, this was the second 190+ opening stand between Christina Gough and Janet Ronalds in this series after they both scored a 191-run partnership for the first wicket in the second T20I match in the series as well.

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On the other hand, while replying, Austria managed to score only 61 runs for 9 wickets with five of those wickets went to Doddaballapur’s name. The 33-year-old, who has represented the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) before, has dismissed Jo-Antoinette Stiglitz (1), Tugce Kazanci (0), Anisha Nookala (0) and Priya Sabu (0) in succession in the 15th over of the game and completed the five-wicket haul with Harjot Dhaliwal got out soon. She has given away only one run in her three-over spell.

In the men’s game, only Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan have achieved the feat. Meanwhile, this great feat has come after her teammate, Anne Bierwisch has also registered a hat-trick in the previous T20I match of the series on Thursday.

However, Germany placed at 27th in the ICC T20 rankings. As far as the series is concerned, they are currently leading the five-match series against Austria by 4-0, with big wins in all four games they have played so far. The final game of the series will take place on Saturday as well.

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