T20I cricket is not all about batsmen as it is made out to be. The bowlers have always been at the forefront of any team winning a big event in T20 cricket. In the below list we look at the top 5 best bowling performances in T20 internationals.
Deepak Chahar 6/7 v Bangladesh 2019
Bangladesh was on a tour of India in 2019 and was playing a T20 series. In the 3rd match at Nagpur, India scored 174/5 and Bangladesh looked good at 110/2 in 13 overs. However, Deepak Chahar had other ideas. His skilful swing bowling totally mesmerised the middle order of Bangladesh as they fell in a heap to lose by 30 runs with Chahar taking 6/7 — best bowling performance in a T20 international at current date.
Ajantha Mendis 6/8 v Zimbabwe 2012
In a group match of the world T20I in 2012, Srilanka scored 182/4 vs Zimbabwe. However, the African nation lacked the skills to play spin, especially the mystery spin bowling that Mendis was capable of and slumped to 100 all out. Ajantha Mendis broke his previous record of 6/16 to capture 6/8 as the Zimbabwe batters were unable to read his spin and guile and fell like nine pins.
Ajantha Mendis 6/16 v Australia 2011
Srilanka played Australia at Kandy in 2011 and scored 157/9 batting first. The strong Australian team could not chase down the score and fell short by 8 runs due to Ajantha Mendis’ skilled off-spin. Mendis’ victims were Watson, Warner, Shaun Marsh, Smith, Haddin and Johnson. None of the Aussies was able to read Mendis’ tricks and was totally mesmerised. Surely Mendis will consider this bowling feat better than the one against Zimbabwe one year later.
Yuzi Chahal 6/25 v England 2017
England was playing a T20I series in India in 2017. In the Bangalore match, India smashed 202/6 batting first. England fought hard to reach 119/2 in 14th over after which Chahal’s leg-spin proved too much for their batters as they struggled to pick him with the asking rate on the rise. It was a big slump as England collapsed to 127 as Chahal grabbed 6 wickets for 25 and getting the scalps of Billings, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Moeen and Jordan as they were unable to pick his length and googlies.
Rangana Herath 5/3 v New Zealand 2014
In a group match for ICC world, T20I at Chattogram New Zealand faced Srilanka. Srilanka piled on 199 batting first. In reply, New Zealand slumped badly to 60 all out as legendary left-arm spinner Rangana Herath destroyed the backbone of New Zealand batting by getting McCullum, Taylor, Neesham , Ronchi and Boult . His lengths and ball spinning away was too much for any kiwi batter that day as he took 5/3 in an unplayable spell of bowling.