Mohammad Amir: 3/16 Against India in the Final
Pacer Mohammad Amir produced a brilliant spell of bowling early on in the Indian chase. After the batsmen did their job and put on a huge total of 338 runs, Amir came out to bowl and wreaked the Indian top-order in stunning style. Amir got rid of the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan as India were reeling at 33/3 in 9 overs and couldn't recover from there. Even before India could open their account in the chase, Amir got rid of Rohit for a duck. A brilliant in-swinger from the left-arm pacer and Rohit was caught plumb LBW. Kohli soon followed suit as an Amir delivery took a huge edge of Kohli's bat and Shadab Khan took an easy catch fielding at point. But Amir wasn't done there, as he then got rid of Dhawan in the 9th over of the innings. Dhawan tried to hit a ball which was outside the off stump and ended up giving away an easy catch to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Mark Wood: 4/33 Against Australia in the Group Stages
Australia needed to win the game to progress to the semis. England had won their first two and had already qualified for the last four. But, instead of trying different things they chose to go hard against the Aussies. Wood pocketed David Warner early and then also accounted for the well set Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell and Adam Zampa. His four-wicket haul alongside Adil Rashid’s 4/41 triggered a huge collapse as Australia were bowled out for 277. In the rain interrupted game England won by 40 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method.
Hasan Ali: 3/24 Against South Africa in the Group Stages
This was the first big upset of the tournament. After being demolished by India in the opening game, Pakistan needed to do something out-of-the-box if they wanted to stay in the tournament and the team came up against World No.1 South Africa. But Pakistan’s unpredictable nature once again worked in the side’s favour as Hasan Ali came up with a match-winning spell when his side needed it the most. Pakistan had come out roaring and got a few early wickets before South Africa settled down. Just when Faf Du Plessis and David Miller were starting to looked good, Ali struck by removing the former. He then sent back JP Duminy and castled Wayne Parnell with an absolute peach of an out-swinger. South Africa only managed to put 219 on the board and Pakistan won the contest by 19 runs via Duckworth Lewis.
Imran Tahir: 4/27 Against Sri Lanka in the Group Stages
South Africa batted first on a flat wicket at Oval and amassed 299 from 50 overs propelled by a century from Hashim Amla. Sri Lanka needed 300 to win and they started off well by pocketing 69 runs for the first wicket. But they lost their way in the middle overs as Tahir with his wily leg spinners kept chipping away at the wickets. He first picked up Kapugedra and then sent back Upul Tharanga and Asela Gunaratne successively. He also put the final nail in the coffin by accounting for Nuwan Pradeep as South Africa won the game by 96 runs.
Mitchell Starc: 4/29 Against Bangladesh in the Group Stages
Australian speedster Mitchell Starc is known for his exploits with the ball at the start of the innings. But he is also one of those rare bowlers who is as dangerous with the old ball as he is with a new one. While his colleagues rattled the Bangladesh top order in this game, he came back towards the end of the innings to get rid of the well set Tamim Iqbal and then sent back the likes of Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain in quick succession. Bangladesh were bowled out for just 182 and Australia were on course to cruise to victory before rain played spoilsport and points were split. In the end, this abandoned game came back to haunt Australia.
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First Published: June 19, 2017, 12:23 PM IST