Top 5 best bowling figures in ODIs
While the limited-overs cricket tends to tilt towards batsmen, it’s the bowlers who more often than not set up the wins a d teams with better bowling attacks have thrived more in ODIs. Below we list down the Top 5 best bowling figures in ODIs history
Chaminda Vaas 8/19 v Zimbabwe 2001
Chaminda Vaas was the most skilful and successful fast bowler to have played for Srilanka with a great record in all formats. His 8/19 vs Zimbabwe at SSC ground Colombo has to date remained the best bowling figures in an ODI and is tough to be replicated in a hurry. In 2001 Zimbabwe was a decent international team with the presence of the Flower brothers, Stuart Carlisle, Taibu, Heath Streak & others. Srilanka bowled first and Vaas generated enough movement to torment the Zimbabwe batting. Especially his inswingers were creating mayhem as 5 of his 8 dismissals were bowled or lbw. His 8 wickets included both the Flower brothers. Murali took the remaining 2 wickets as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 38 in 15 overs. Srilanka won by 9 wickets easily.
Shahid Afridi 7/12 v West Indies 2013
The game was played at Providence in West indies. Pakistan batted first & scored a modest 224/9 with Shahid Afridi top-scoring with a whirlwind 76. Little did the home team knew that Afridi will torment them further. After the giant Mohammed Irfan had given the initial breakthroughs, Afridi took over with his leggies and with a mixture of googlies, leg spinners and straight ones, he bamboozled the Windies batting. Some of the batters played poor shots too, unable to read the spin. Afridi took 7/12 & West Indies were bowled out for 98.
Glenn McGrath 7/15 v Namibia 2003
Australia played minnows Namibia in the world cup group stage in South Africa. After scoring 301 they skittled out Namibia for 45 runs with McGrath blowing them away by getting 7/15. Bowling accurate off stump line as usual McGrath had most of the Namibia batters to edge to the keeper or slips as their techniques were too inadequate to handle such a great fast bowler.
Rashid Khan 7/18 v West Indies 2017
The match was played at Gros Islet. Afghanistan had set West Indies a modest target of 213 but as soon as Rashid Khan started bowling, Windies batters were rattled by his leg spinners, googlies and flippers. Rashid’s googlies were proving to be fatal for the home team batsmen who looked totally clueless and fell in a heap to lose by 63 runs with Rashid taking 7/18.
Andy Bichel 7/20 v England 2003
This was a gripping world cup 2003 game between arch-rivals Australia and England. Andy Bichel bowled superbly getting his outswingers going and was bowling unplayable deliveries which ripped through the English batting order. Bichel took 7/20 as England somehow managed 204/8. However, Australia while chasing was in deep trouble at 135/8 before Bichel this time contributed a brilliant 34 not out and with Bevan (74no) helped Australia to get over the line by just 2 wickets .