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Top 5 best bowling figures in IPL history

While the batters are the more popular breed in T20 events like IPL, the bowlers have also credited impact performances winning the matches for their team. Top bowling attacks also ended up winning the events for their team. Here we have a look the Top 5 best bowling figures in IPL history. 

Alzarri Joseph  6/12 v SRH 

Alzarri Joseph’s six wickets for 12 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 2019 is the best spell ever bowled in IPL history. He bowled with pace and accuracy and was too good for the SRH batters that day who were surprised by that spell. It was his debut match in IPL which makes it all the more special. His spell helped MI restrict SRH to just 96 runs in reply to a modest total of 136.

Sohail Tanvir  6/14  v CSK 2008

The Pakistan left-arm pacer bagged 6/14 against the Chennai Super Kings during IPL 2008. He made the ball nip around with his left arm angles and swift arm action which  proved too good for the formidable CSK team as wickets fell like 9 pins. Tanvir went on to become the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural edition with 22 wickets in just 11 matches and played an instrumental role in Rajasthan Royals’ maiden and only title win.

Top 5 best bowling figures in IPL history
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 Adam Zampa  6/19 v SRH  2016

Zampa was the first bowler to take 6 wickets after Tanvir in IPL.Coming against SRH in 2016 Zampa was then playing for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). He bowled skilfully with his accurate lines and leggies. However, his 6/19 went in vain as RPS  eventually lost the match. 

Top 5 best bowling figures in IPL history
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Anil Kumble  5/5 v RR  2009

Defending a meagre total of 133, defeat seemed almost certain for RCB, but Kumble had other ideas. The RCB captain brought out his A-game when reigning champions Rajasthan Royals  batted and his immaculate lengths and penetration proved too much for a fragile Rajasthan batting as they meekly folded up for just 58 runs to suffer a humiliating defeat.


Ishant Sharma  5/12 v Kochi Tuskers 2011 

Ishant Sharma though has got 71 wickets in IPL, has always struggled to settle down into any team on a long term basis. Playing for Deccan Chargers in 2011, Ishant finished with 5/12 against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He left the Mahela Jayawardene-led side gasping for air at 11 for 6 after four overs while chasing a modest total of 130. Ishant was on fire that day and his pace with hostility proved too much for a decent Kochi batting lineup that included Parthiv Patel, Brad Hodge and Mahela Jayawardene all of whom succumbed to Ishant’s brutal pace bowling that day.

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