Twenty20 cricket is a very difficult format for the bowlers. As they get only 4 overs to show their best capabilities. Only a very few bowlers in the world have managed to achieve high number of wickets without giving too many runs. Below is the list of top 10 best bowling figures in twenty20 cricket matches.
1. BAW Mendis
Bowling Figure: 6/8
Ajantha Mendis is a slow-medium pace bowler who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. He bowls a mixture of deliveries, including googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers and leg-breaks as well as the carrom ball which makes him one of the most dangerous bowler in cricket world. In t20 cricket he has the best bowling figure in the world. He took 6 wickets by giving just 8 runs after bowling 4 overs against Zimbabwe.
2. BAW Mendis
Bowling Figure: 6/16
The second record also belongs to Ajantha Mendis. With his mixture of deliveries, including googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers, leg-breaks and carrom ball he is very difficult to play. His second best figures are against Australia where he again took 6 wickets by giving 16 runs in 4 overs.
3. Umar Gul
Bowling Figure: 5/6
At 3rd position is Umar Gul who is a Pakistani right arm fast medium bowler. He plays for the Pakistani cricket team in all three formats of game including Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. He is a the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 cricket with 74 wickets in 52 matches. His best figures are 5 wickets for 6 runs in 3 overs against New Zealand.
4. Umar Gul
Bowling Figure: 5/6
At No.4 is Umar Gul again with his impressive bowling figures. Umar Gul had only Played 9 first class matches when he was selected for the international squad. He is a Pakistani right arm fast medium bowler and his second best figures are again 5 wickets for 6 runs but this time in just 2.2 overs against South Africa.
5. Elias Sunny
Bowling Figure: 5/13
He is an slow arm orthodox spinner who plays for the International cricket team of Bangladesh. He is also a very useful batsman who can bat at different positions in the batting order and a safe fielder. His best bowling figures of 5 wickets for 13 runs against Ireland give him the 5th position on the list.
6. TG Southee
Bowling Figure: 5/18
Tim Southee is a right-arm fast medium bowler and a useful lower order batsman from New Zealand cricket team. He is a very talented cricketer that’s why he was selected for the International team when he was only aged 19. His best Twenty20 bowling figures stand at 5 wickets for 18 runs against Pakistan in 2010.
7. Ryan McLaren
Bowling Figure: 5/19
Ryan McLaren is an cricketer from south African Team. He is a left-handed batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler. His best T20 bowling figures are 5 wickets for 19 runs against West Indies in 2010 which gives him the 7th position on the list.
8. Nehemiah Odhiambo
Bowling Figure: 5/20
Nehemiah Odhiambo is an right arm medium fast bowler and a right handed batsman from Kenya International cricket team.His best Twenty20 bowling figures stand at 5 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs against Scotland in 2010.
9. Darren Sammy
Bowling Figure: 5/26
Darren Sammy is a cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler.Sammy was appointed West Indies captain in October 2010. He took 5 wickets against Zimbabwe after giving 26 runs in 2010.
10. Lasith Malinga
Bowling Figure: 5/31
Lasith Malinga is a Sri Lankan cricketer and present vice-captain of their T20 side. He is a specialist fast bowler very well known for his Yorkers. He is the first and only bowler in the world to have two World Cup hat-tricks. Lasith Malinga T20 career’s best figures are 5 wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs against England.
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