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Best bowling performances in T20 World Cup

Best bowling performances in T20 World Cup

In the T20 format where batsmen show no mercy on the bowlers and tries to hit them with the first ball only, it’s a difficult task for bowlers to stop the flow of runs and take wickets. Despite this fact, few bowlers bowled magical spells and made it difficult for the batsmen to score even a single run against them. So Let’s have a look at some of the magical spells bowled at the biggest stage-
Sunil Narine (3.4-0-9-3) – This is one of the best spells bowled in the history of T20 cricket as a Narine produced this beautiful spell in the final of the T20 world cup 2012 defending a low total. He bowled economically and trapped 3 batsmen in his spin web. He bowled a magical spell of 3.4-0-9-3 to help his team to lift their maiden title. It was a historical day for West Indies cricket as playing in their maiden final they had a poor start and one stage they were crawling at 32 runs at the end of the tenth over but batting heroics from Samuels helped the West Indies side to post 132 on the board. Defending this low total was never easy but Caribbean bowling attack led by Narine bowled beautifully to seal a historical win.

Sunil Narine (3.4-0-9-3) – This is one of the best spells bowled in the history of T20 cricket as a Narine produced this beautiful spell in the final of the T20 world cup 2012 defending a low total. He bowled economically and trapped 3 batsmen in his spin web. He bowled a magical spell of 3.4-0-9-3 to help his team to lift their maiden title. It was a historical day for West Indies cricket as playing in their maiden final they had a poor start and one stage they were crawling at 32 runs at the end of the tenth over but batting heroics from Samuels helped the West Indies side to post 132 on the board. Defending this low total was never easy but Caribbean bowling attack led by Narine bowled beautifully to seal a historical win.

Ajantha Mendis(4-2-8-6) – In the fourth edition of the world cup Ajantha Mendis bowled a magical spell which will be remembered for years. He bowled a deadly spell of 4-2-8-6 to demolish the Zimbabwe batting line-up. Batting first the host’s side scored 181 runs. Chasing 182 was never an easy task for the Zimbabwe side and as expected, they were bowled out for just 100 runs. Mendis ate up six opposition batsmen giving away just 8 runs. During this course, he achieved rare feet and bowled 20 dot balls in his full quota four overs.

Umar Gul (3-0-6-5) – In the second edition of T20 world cup in a game between New Zealand and Pakistan the fast bowler Umar Gul bowled a spell which raised many eyes and attention. He bowled a spell 3 overs and pouched 5 wickets giving away just 6 runs at an economy rate of just 2.00. His mind-blowing spell helped his side to dismiss the opposition on just 99 runs and Pakistani team chased down the total easily. Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker in that edition of the world cup. Pakistan team went on to win the world cup as they defeated Sri Lanka in the final game at historical Lords ground.

Rangana Herath (3.3-2-3-5) – Well after watching this bowling spell many would say that this is a total hoax as grabbing 5 wickets for just 3 runs is an unbelievable task. This fact is hard to swallow. This magical spell was bowled in 2014 edition of world cup where Sri Lankan side took on New Zealand side. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 119 runs; a low total in T20 cricket but after few minutes the spectators experienced some scenes that left the cricket fraternity stunned. It seemed that the New Zealand side has asked play school boys to play against an international level bowler. All the batsmen were dancing on Herath’s tone; meanwhile, Herath was increasing his wickets tally. New Zealand team was bowled out on the score of 60 and lost the match by a big margin of 59 runs.

R.P. Singh (4-0-13-4) – In a must-win game the young bowler R.P. Singh bowled a magical spell for India which helped the Indian team to qualify for the semi-finals. During the course, he bowled 19 dot balls an unbelievable figure to digest. South African boys were chasing a target of 154 but R.P. Singh along with Sreesanth and other bowlers restricted the hosts to a total of 116. R.P. claimed big wickets of opener Graeme smith, Herschelle Gibbs along with Shaun Pollock and Morne Morkel. Team India won the match and qualified for the semis and also went to win the trophy against the arch rival Pakistan.
Special mention

Joginder Sharma last over – Well who can forget that last over of 2007 WC bowled by Joginder Sharma. He had to defend 13 runs in the last over. He was hit for a six and also bowled a wide but Joginder kept his nerves and dismissed Misbah ul Haq and India lifted the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. But ironically that was the last T20I match played by him.

S Sreesanth last two balls – Pakistan needed twelve runs of the last over and Sreesanth had already conceded 11 runs from first 4 balls but Sreesanth made a great comeback as he created history by defending 1 run from last 2 balls. The match ended in a tie and India won the match by a bowl out.

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