This IPL too saw several heroic performances from the bowlers. Rajasthan Royals' Australian import James Faulkner drew maximum attention with his two five-fors while legspinner Amit Mishra, all-sorts Trinidadian spinner Sunil Narine and a couple of little-known Indian bowlers also impressed.
Here, Cricketnext sifts through the season and chooses the pick of the bowling displays that were on view in 2013.
4 for 19 - Amit Mishra Mishra came up with the most memorable bowling performances of IPL 6. When Sunrisers Hyderabad put 119 runs on the board after being asked bat by Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, the match looked as good as gone for the visitors. For the most part of Pune's chase that seemed to be the case: they reached 100 in the 17th over with six wickets still in hand. All odds favoured them but Mishra's four wickets in the 19th over, including his third IPL hat-trick, pulled the floor from underneath Pune as Hyderabad registered an 11-run shock win.
5 for 20 - James Faulkner: The 23-year-old left-armer announced his arrival on the IPL stage with a five-for against Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. After electing to bat first, Hyderabad's top order succumbed to some top class bowling from the Australian who removed Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakkara and Karan Sharma in the blink of an eye. Darren Sammy thereafter launched a rearguard action bringing some sort of respectability to the team's score but Faulkner returned to remove the West Indian and Mishra to become the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul this season. Rajasthan Royals had no trouble in chasing 145 thanks to Shane Watson's 98* but Faulkner was chosen as the Man of the Match - rightly so.
5 for 25 - Jaydev Unadkat: On a batting paradise it was the Royal Challengers Bangalore left-arm seamer who turned out to be the difference. Bangalore, electing to bat against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, posted 183 for 4 thanks to Virat Kohli's 99 not out. Unadkat then picked up the first three wickets - Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag and David Warner - to put Delhi's chase in bad shape. The hosts, however, kept themselves in the hunt thanks to cameos from Unmukt Chand and Ben Rohrer. But Undakat picked up another two towards the end to ensure Delhi didn't get over the line. In the high-octane match, Delhi fell short by just four runs with Unadkat finishing with 5 for 25.
4 for 13 - Sunil Narine: The West Indian spinner's mystery very much remained intact this edition as well. However, his performance in the tournament opener against Delhi impressed itself the most on our memories. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and put Delhi in to bat at Eden Gardens after which Narine tormented the batsmen all through the innings. His 4 for 13 helped Kolkata bowl the visitors for a meagre 128, which the host had few troubles chasing. Narine was deservedly the Man of the Match.
4 for 22 - Darren Sammy: With the round robin nearing its end, both Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab needed to win to keep in the play-off hunt. And when Hyderabad made a not-so-imposing 150, things looked gloomy for them. But Sammy used his international experience up to the hilt taking 4 for 22 as Hyderabad comfortably won by 30 runs. His victims were no lesser batsmen; in fact they were the crème de la crème of the Punjab batting - Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh and David Miller.
3 for 10 - Mohit Sharma: The 24-year-old Haryana medium=pacer was the most impressive young Indian bowler. Playing in his second T20 match, he bamboozled players of the calibre of Sehwag and Warner inside the Powerplay. In pursuit of 170 against Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi needed Sehwag and Warner to fire but Sharma displayed a superb spell of swing bowling to dash their hopes. He then removed Manpreet Juneja en route to figures of 3 for 10 as the hosts were bowled out for 83, losing the match by 86 runs.
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