Best Bowling Figures in the T20 World Cup

Author : gaurav gupta | Published On : 17 Nov 2021

The cricket season is now in full swing, and the T20 World Cup is right at the heart of it. Along with tuning in to the matches on your screen, play the fantasy cricket game on Howzat and see how far your cricket knowledge can take you. As the teams tussle for glory in the UAE, here we take a look at the best bowling figures from all the past six editions of the T20 World Cup. 


  1. Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka): 6/8 vs. Zimbabwe (2012)

Needing 183 to win, Zimbabwe actually started well, adding 37 runs for the 1st wicket. Enter Mendis, whose mystery spin was still confusing most batters and would have thrilled users of fantasy apps. Vusi Sibanda was bowled and Brendan Taylor stumped off consecutive balls in his first over, and Hamilton Masakadza bowled in his next one. In Mendis’s third over, Elton Chigumbura was deceived and bowled. The wickets of Prosper Utseya and Kyle Jarvis in his fourth  over completed a dream spell as Sri Lanka romped home by 82 runs. 


  1. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka): 5/3 vs. New Zealand (2014)

Pace bowlers took 9 of the 10 wickets as Sri Lanka were restricted to a modest 119. New Zealand’s response was shocking. Coming on to bowl in the Power Play, Herath’s left-arm spin first had Brendon McCullum stumped. Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham were caught leg before and bowled off in successive deliveries, while Luke Ronchi was trapped in front in Herath’s third over. Kane Williamson made 42, but no one else crossed the 5-run mark. It was fitting that it was Herath that sealed a comprehensive 59-run win for Sri Lanka as Trent Boult edged a slog to slip. 


  1. Umar Gul (Pakistan): 5/6 vs. New Zealand (2009) 

With Mohammad Amir and Abdul Razzaq sharing the new ball, Gul only came on in the 13th over. A fabulous catch from Shahid Afridi, running back from mid-on, got him his first wicket, but after that it was the yorker show. Peter McGlashan was trapped leg before while trying to sweep, Nathan McCullum saw his leg stump flying, and James Franklin had the middle stump uprooted. When Kyle Mills spooned a leg-cutter to cover off the leading edge, Gul picked up the first 5-wicket haul in T20Is. He needed only 3 overs to do it. 


  1. Ahsan Malik (Netherlands): 5/19 vs. South Africa (2014) 

There was little sign of the drama to come as South Africa raced to 45-1 in just 4.2 overs. Soon Hashim Amla edged Malik behind and the innings started to lose its fizz. In the 13th over, Malik came back to have Albie Morkel caught at deep midwicket, and in his next one, Dale Steyn also nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper. Finishing off his spell in the 19th over, Malik had Beuran Hendricks caught in the deep and David Miller bowled with a swinging yorker. Luckily for South Africa, Imran Tahir’s 4 for 21 saw them scrape a 6-run victory over the Dutch men. 


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