Quick Links



    In pics: Memorable World Twenty20 bowling spells

    • An unassuming medium-pacer, New Zealand’s Mark Gillespie had exemplary figures of 4 for 7, at the time a record in Twenty20s, as Kenya were routed in Johannesburg in 2007. (Getty Images)

    • A sensational new-ball spell from Mohammad Asif reduced India to 36 for 4 in Durban, although it wasn’t enough to secure victory as the match ended in a tie, followed by India winning the bowl-out. (Getty Images)

    • Daniel Vettori showed the way with a crafty and high-quality spell of left-arm spin, tying India’s big hitters in knots with 4 for 20 as New Zealand won by 10 runs in Johannesburg. (AFP)

    • On September 16, 2007 Brett Lee became the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals. The unlucky team to feel the heat was Bangladesh. (AFP)

    • RP Singh had a ball in the 2007 World Twenty20, with his best spell coming in a must-win game against South Africa in which he claimed 4 for 13 with appreciable seam movement. (AFP)

    • The first semi-final in 2007 was all one-way traffic as Australia%u2019s fast bowlers, led by the parsimonious Stuart Clark (4 for 2o), blew away Sri Lanka for 101. (AFP)

    • Irfan Pathan’s 3 for 16, including the wickets of Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi, earned him the Man-of-the-Match award in India’s historic win in the 2007 final. (Getty Images)

    • Umar Gul’s breathtaking 5 for 6 in three overs against New Zealand at The Oval broke the record for the best bowling in Twenty20 internationals and set Pakistan up for a six-wicket win. (AFP)

    • Johan Botha had India in all sorts of trouble with a remarkable spell of 3 for 16 as South Africa pushed the defending champions to the brink of elimination. (AP)

    • Ajantha Mendis wrecked New Zealand’s chances of reaching the 2009 semi-finals with an asphyxiating spell of 3 for 9 in three overs at Trent Bridge. (AP)

    • Shahid Afridi stamped himself on the semi-final at Trent Bridge, following his 51 with a miserly spell of 2 for 16 from his quota as South Africa were suffocated. (Getty Images)

    • Angelo Mathews rocked West Indies with three wickets in the first over of their chase in the 2009 semi-final at The Oval, a low from which they never returned. (AFP)

    • Ireland were nowhere near as impressive in 2010 as they had been in England, but there was one memorable performance – that of the 17-year-0ld George Dockrell who bowled a fine spell of 3 for 16 against West Indies at Providence. (Getty Images)

    • In arguably the most dramatic finale to a first innings in Twenty20 cricket, Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir took three wickets in a maiden over which also included two run-outs as Australia went from 191 for 5 to 191 all out. (AFP)

    • Dirk Nannes ensured there would be no repeat of Australia’s first-round exit the year before with figures of 4 for 18, the best for his country, in a 27-run win over Bangladesh at Bridgetown. (AFP)

    • Charl Langveldt’s 4 for 19 had appeared like being the story of the day did at Gros Islet, but Saeed Ajmal topped that with 4 for 26 as Pakistan evicted South Africa from the 2010 tournament. (AFP)

    • Ian Butler helped New Zealand take revenge for a one-run win in 2009 by delivering victory by the same margin at Bridgetown, courtesy figures of 4-1-19-3 which included a gripping final over. (Getty Images)