In the ongoing second ODI against Ireland in Southampton, England limited-overs specialist Adil Rashid reached a unique landmark. By snapping the wicket of Lorcan Tucker, Adil Rashid became the first spinner from the country to pick up 150 ODI wickets. He did so in his 102nd appearance.
Adil Rashid also sits fifth in all-time England’s wicket-takers list in ODIs. Veteran swing bowler James Anderson leads the list with 269 wickets followed by Darren Gough, Stuart Broad and Andrew Flintoff, who have 234, 178, and 168 scalps respectively. Rashid seems in line to become the highest too as Anderson and Broad only stick to Tests while Flintoff and Gough have retired.
Adil Rashid is also the sixth-fastest to achieve the feat:
The Yorkshire spin-bowler is also the sixth-fastest bowler to reach the milestone. The leggie bowled in an economical spell in the first ODI too, ending with figures of 10-3-26-1, taking the wicket of Kevin O’Brien. Even in the ongoing game, the 32-year old began with the wicket of O’Brien with a googly followed by dismissing Harry Tector and finally the scalp of Tucker.
New-ball bowler David Willey, who took a fifer in the first game, took the early two wickets while James Vince removed the visiting captain Andy Balbirine. At the time of writing this, the Irishmen were struggling at 127-6 after 39 overs. After winning the toss, Ireland chose to bat first and made one change for the do-or-die game. They brought in Josh Little for pacer Barry McCarthy while England drafted Reece Topley for Tom Curran.