T20 cricket, since its advent in 2003, has been a batting friendly game. Rules in this format favour batsmen where sixes are the parameter of how good a batsman is. Unorthodox batting style has become the mainstay in this format. A batsman comes to the crease with a mindset of hitting the ball from the word go and scores as many runs for his team.
But, this World T20 has shown that bowlers adapted the format well spinner and slow bowlers have been getting huge success. Here are the top five bowling spells of this World T20 2016.
Mitchell Santner stunned Indian fans
New Zealand defeated home favorite India in their World T20 2016 campaign at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur. New Zealand captain Kane Willaimson winning the decided to bat first but India’s brilliant bowling and fielding helped restricted the Kiwis to a mere 126 in 20 overs.
But, Mitchell Santner stunned everyone as his left-arm spin left batsmen clueless especially Indian batsmen. Williamson made full use of the left arm spinner on the sticky pitch of Nagpur. Santner claimed four wickets conceding just 11 runs in his allotted four overs. The man of the match Santner dismissed Rohit Sharma (5), Suresh Raina (1), Dhoni (30) and Hardik pandya (1) in his match winning spell.
Mustafizur Rahman blazed vs New Zealand
Bangladesh were knocked out of the marquee tournament without a single win at the Super 10 stage, but one spell with always remain in their fans’ heart is Mustafizur Rahman’s five wickets haul against new Zealand.
Critics regard him as a modern interpretation Sydney Barnes, Mustafizur registered the figure 5 for 22 in four overs as Bangladesh restricted in-form New Zealand to 145. He claimed the wickets of Henry Nichols (7), Kane Willaimson (42), Grant Elliott (9), Mitchell Santner (3) and Nathan McCullum (duck) to complete his five-wicket haul.
In reply, Bangladesh were bundled out for 70 in 15.4 overs, thanks to three wickets apiece by Elliott and Ish Sodhi. Though The Black Caps have won the by 75 runs, Mustafizur’s spell will always be in the list of top five bowling performance in this World T20.
Australia’s James Faulkner toyed with Pakistan batsmen
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner is the second player who took five wickets in the tournament. He toyed with the Pakistan lower order batsmen. After an unbeaten knocks of 61 off 43 balls from Steve Smith and 44 off 21 balls from Shane Watson which guided Australia to a mammoth 193 in Mohali, it was James Faulkner who left the Pakistan batsmen wobbled. Faulkner dismissed the dangerous Sharjeel Khan (30) and Khalid, and then clipped Pakistan’s tail by sending Latif (46), Imad Wasim (duck), Sarfaraz Ahmed (2) and Wahab Riaz (duck) back to the pavilion to hand Australia a 21-run win.
England’s Chris Jordan death bowling vs Sri Lanka
Chis Jordan has impressed everyone with his death bowling. Eion Morgan’s England faced Angelo Mathews’ Sri Lankan at the Feroz Shah Kotla. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka asked England to bat first. A win was enough for England to secure their semifinal berth and it was perfectly assured by their pacer Chris Jordan.
Jos Buttler’s 66 not out of 37 balls and then a 27 ball 30 runs knock powered England to 171 for 4 in 20 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka got off a terrible start as they lost four wickets at a score of 15 runs. Then Mathews salvaged the shriking ship with his unbeaten 73 off 54 balls and tried to snatch the game away from England but a fiery spell from Jordan saw the Sri lankan lower order crumbled. Jordon, after dismissing Dinesh Chandimal (1) early, removed Thisara Perera(20), Dasun Shanaka (15) and Rangana Herath (1) in quick succession to give England a 10-run win.
West Indie’s Carlos Brathwaite heroic in the final
Carlos Brathwaite wrote his name in cricketing folklore in the final of 2016 World T20 against England. Needing 19 runs from the last over of the match the herculean despatched four consecutive sixes to win the World T20 for West Indies at the Eden Gardens.
Before he launched an onslaught with the bat he shined with the ball too.
The well built and tall seamer delivered a brilliant spell, claiming three wickets conceding 23 runs in his four-over spell at an economy rate of 5.75 and helped West Indies to restrict England for 155.
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