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Top 3 bowling spells in T20 World Cups



T20 cricket is all about hitting and every batsman is trying to score quick runs from the very first bowl they face. 

T20 cricket is not supposed as a bowler friendly format especially in modern day cricket but at the same time it checks the bowler’s abilityhow he bowls under pressure.

We have seen a lot of fantastic bowling spells in T20 cricket that destroyed the batting line ups.

Today we are going to discuss the top 3 most fiery and outstanding spells in the history of T20 world cups

1.Ajantha Mendis 6 wickets for 8 runs (Sri Lanka) 

The right arm off-spinner from Sri Lanka bowled a record breaking spell against Zimbabwe in the 2012 T20 world cup. 

In a group match of the tournament played in Hambantota on 18 September 2012. Sri Lankan team batted first and they scored a brilliant total of 182/4. 

In reply, Zimbabwe’s batting line up was demolished due to the destructive bowling from Ajantha Mendis.

They were bowled out for just 100 runs in 17.3 overs. The right arm off-spin bowler  took 6 wickets for 8 runs in 4 overs including the wickets  of B.Taylor, H.Mazakadza, E.Chigumbura, Sibanda , Utseya and  Kyle Jarvis. 

In the route, Mendis even broke his own world record that he made against Australia in August 2011 by picking up 6 wickets for 16 runs

2. Rangana Herath 5 wickets for 3 runs (Sri Lanka) 

In our list, on the second number there is another Sri Lankan spinner, Rangana Herath.

The left arm slow orthodox bowler bowled a brilliant spell against the New Zealand team in a group match of the 2014 T20 world cup.

The match was played in Chattogram on 31 march 2014.

The Sri Lankan team batted first and they were bowled out  but on a very good score of 199 with still 4 balls left in the innings. 

When the New Zealand team came to bat with an approach to chase that big total but they were just outclassed by the un-playable bowling spell from Rangana Herath.

He took 5 wickets for just 3 runs in his 3.3 overs.

The New Zealand batting line up was unable to play him and the whole team was dismissed for just 60 runs in 15.3 overs.

Sri Lanka registered an easy win due to his spectacular performance with the ball.

 3. Umar Gul 5 wickets for 6 runs (Pakistan)

The Pakistani Yorker specialist Umar Gul produced an almost unbelievable bowling spell against New Zealand.

Pakistan faced the Black Caps in the 18th match of the 2009 T20 World Cup in London.  

The Black Caps  batted first and they were just cleaned up for 99 runs in 18.3 overs.

Pakistani pace star Umar Gul bowled a memorable spell, he took 5 wickets for just 6 runs in 3 overs.

The New Zealand batters have no clue for his astonishing spell.

He demolished the whole New Zealand batting line up by picking up wickets of the major New Zealander batsman including the big wickets of Scott Styris,  Nathan McCullum, James Franklin, Peter McGlashan and Kyle Mills. 

When Pakistan came to bat chasing a very low total of 100 runs, they comfortably  chased down the small target in just 13.1 overs with 6 wickets in hand.

That was in fact the record for the best bowling figures in T20 cricket at that time . He has done this twice in his career when he took 5 wickets for 6 runs against South Africa earlier.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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