25 February 2015
Top Five #cwc15 Bowling Performances
With #cwc15 already a third of the way through, we have seen some huge totals piled up on batter friendly wickets. But the batsmen haven’t had it all their own way, with some bowlers thriving in the conditions Down Under. Join us as we take a look at the top five bowling performances so far at #cwc15:
Tim Southee's 7-33 is the third greatest CWC bowling figures of all time
In a blockbuster encounter at the cake-tin, it was Tim Southee’s star that shone the brightest with one of the finest displays of swing bowling seen in World Cup history.
After bowling both opening batsmen with unplayable deliveries, Southee looked like he could take a wicket with every ball. He ended up picking up five more and with one over up his sleeve, could have had a Cricket World Cup record eight wickets if it wasn’t for Adam Milne ending the innings.
2: Jerome Taylor 3-15: West Indies vs Pakistan
In a fearsome fast bowling assault reminiscent of the devastating West Indies pace attack of the 1970s and 1980s, Jerome Taylor tore through the Pakistan top order to leave them with the worst start in ODI history – one run for four wickets! He bowled with pace, aggression and produced significant bounce on a pitch which the Pakistan bowlers struggled to penetrate.
3: Hammid Hasan 3-45: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka
With war-paint and a head band, left arm quick Hammid Hasan looked the part – but could he act it? He proved he could against Sri Lanka with an energetic display which almost yielded a famous win for Afghanistan. He started with a big one, slipping right through the defence of Kumar Sangakkara before edging out Dimuth Karunaratne. With the match almost out of reach, Hasan returned to pick up the prize scalp of Mahela Jayawardene.
Chasing 340 to win, England made a positive start until Mitchell Marsh came into bowl and ripped the heart out if its top order. Bowling in great areas and with decent pace, Marsh kept building pressure until the inevitable mistake came and he cashed in. In the end he had sent five England batsmen packing, and the opening match went to Australia.
4: Mitchell Marsh 5-33: Australia vs England
5: Mohammed Shami 4-35: India vs Pakistan
Virat Kohli was hailed as the hero of the India-Pakistan clash with his stylish century, but Mohammed Shami wasn’t far behind.
Bowling at sharp speed, Shami had two spells which both picked up two wickets and effectively ended Pakistan’s hopes of victory. Among his four victims were the key wickets of Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi.
George Dockrell 3-50: Ireland v West Indies
As West Indies dined out on a flat Saxton Oval wicket with a plus-300 score, left-arm Ireland spinner George Dockrell was exemplary. Deft changes of pace, subtle turn and use of the crease left the normally aggressive West Indies batsmen to just tip him around. The wickets of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin helped to keep West Indies total down and lead to Ireland’s memorable victory.
Josh Davey: 4-68: England v Scotland
In a work-man like performance, Josh Davey kept coming at the England on a flat Hagley Oval wicket. Just as England looked to press for a huge score, Davey struck with the wickets of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and James Taylor to halt their progress. The wicket of Taylor, especially impressive with the keeper taking a stumping standing up to the paceman.
Can Gayle's X-Factor carry West Indies all the way at #cwc15?