The best bowling figures in T20s: The bowlers who ruled

T20 has always been called a batsmen’s game. But on a lot of occasions, bowlers have taken the upper hand in the game. T20 cricket has witnessed some spells that have turned the tables. Some youngsters have achieved great figures in the domestic matches, but here we choose to highlight historical T20 spells at the international level. It is International T20 matches where bowling spells leave a lasting impact. Here are the top 6 best bowling figures:

  1. Deepak L Chahar, 6 for 7: The spell that shook Bangladesh

After getting two wickets and trapping the top-order, Chahar struck like lightning. The icing on the cake was the fact that he took a hat trick as well. He went on to become the Man of the Match, and subsequently the Man of the Series too.

  1. Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis, 6 for 8: Too hot to handle for Zimbabwe

In the year 2012, Ajantha Mendis was Sri Lanka’s most unpredictable bowler. He was all over Zimbabwe’s batting line-up, with an economy of just 2. He has taken 66 wickets in just 39 T20 international matches.

  1. Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis, 6 for 16: Aussies bow down to Mendis’ Mastery

Ajantha Mendis became undecipherable for Australia at the match in Pallekele stadium. Aussie star batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, and Brad Haddin were on the list of his wickets. Sri Lanka won the match, and Mendis was declared the Man of the Match.

  1. Yuzwendra Chahal, 6 for 25: England struggle to pick India’s spin maestro

Yuzi Chahal took England for a ride. He dismissed the well-set captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root. With an economy of 6.25, Chahal managed to seal the match for India. He went on to become both the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series.

  1. Ashton Agar, 6 for 30: Spinner Agar turns the match around 

Agar was perplexing for the lower-order Kiwi batsmen. He was the key to sealing this T20 match; he dismissed Jimmy Neesham for a duck. Agar took 6 wickets in the match with an economy of 7.5. Agar, who is now an asset for Australia as an all-rounder, was declared the Man of the Match.

  1. Rangana Herath, 5 for 3: Herath’s spell helps Lanka topple the Kiwis yet again

Rangana Herath’s spell had everything nobody had ever seen before in a T20 game. His spell went for just 3 runs; that’s an economy of 0.85. He went on to pick up 5 wickets, dismissing the dangerous duo of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor. He also brought two run-outs to Sri Lanka. Rangana Herath was also declared the player of the match.

Apart from the above international matches, we have witnessed some ripping spells at the domestic level as well. Shakib Al Hassan got 6 for 6 in a match played between Tridents and Red Steel (Caribbean Premier League). Lasith Malinga, a legend in the limited-overs format, got 6 for 7 in the Big Bash. 

Reference Links:

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