Ten best bowling performances in ICC WT20 history

There have been a number of memorable bowling performances at the ICC World Twenty20. We look back at ten of the best:   

1. Mark Gillespie (New Zealand, 4-7 v Kenya, September 12, 2007)
When given the right conditions, Mark Gillespie can trouble the best of batsmen. Against Kenya, who was struggling to come to grips with top-flight opposition in 2007, Gillespie had a dream run at Kingsmead in Durban. On a well-grassed pitch, Shane Bond did the early damage, roughing up Kenya’s top order, setting things up perfectly for Gillespie. Combining pace with swing Gillespie, shot out three of his four wickets for ducks. Bowled out for 73, Kenya were mere spectators as New Zealand romped home.   

2. Mohammad Asif (Pakistan, 4-18 v India, September 14, 2007)
In one of the most dramatic matches in the history of the ICC World Twenty20, India pipped Pakistan in a bowl-out after scores were level at the end of play. Mohammad Asif, making the ball dart around off the pitch with extreme skill and control, winkled out both Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag early. India recovered through Robin Uthappa, but Asif was back in business when Yuvraj Singh tried to play a forcing shot. Dinesh Karthik became Asif’s fourth victim and India ended up with 141, a score that Pakistan matched. In the bowl-out, however, Pakistan’s accuracy deserted them, and India sailed through.   

3. Morne Morkel (South Africa, 4-17 v New Zealand, September 19, 2007)
A combination of raw pace and awkward bounce from Morne Morkel proved to be a bit much for New Zealand. Brendon McCullum had begun well enough, after being put in, and his rasping drives pushed South Africa’s bowlers onto the back foot. In the ninth over of the game, however, Morkel grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck. McCullum’s attempted drive ended in a sharp catch for Mark Boucher, and the keeper was back in business later in the over when Ross Taylor’s attempted cut resulted in a nick. Scott Styris and Jacob Oram could not resist Morkel, and his 4-17 kept New Zealand down to 153, a target that was chased down.   

4. RP Singh (India, 4-13 v South Africa, September 20, 2007)
It’s not often that South Africa is beaten by pace and swing at home. But that was exactly what happened at Durban when RP Singh got his act together. After India’s batsmen had posted 153, thanks to a late charge from Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, RP Singh waded into the South African batting. Herschelle Gibbs was trapped in front and soon after Graeme Smith was caught behind, ensuring that India had the early wickets they needed. Returning late in the innings, he added two more to his kitty to finish with 4-13 and give India victory by 37 runs.   

5. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, 4-11 v Netherlands, June 9, 2009)
Shahid Afridi’s batting style should make him an ideal cricketer for the shortest version of the game. However, in recent times, Afridi has reinvented himself as a bowler who occasionally contributes with the bat. This has made him a dependable player, someone his captain can turn to when the brakes need to be applied. Afridi’s brisk legspin is a handful for the best of teams, and an inexperienced Netherlands team found him too hot to handle in pursuit of a stiff target. Set 176 for victory, Netherlands crumbled to 93 all out, with Afridi reaping 4-11.   

6. Umar Gul (Pakistan, 5-6 v New Zealand, June 13, 2009)
Pakistan’s bowlers swung the ball so prodigiously at The Oval that New Zealand even wondered aloud whether the ball was being tampered with. While nothing to this effect was proven, what did happen was that Umar Gul picked up the first five-for in T20 internationals. Bowling full and straight, he got the ball to do enough to mop up New Zealand’s tail, returning the unreal figures of 3-0-6-5. Rolled over for only 99, New Zealand could do little to stop Pakistan waltzing to a six-wicket win with plenty to spare.   

7. Priyanka Roy (India, 5-16 v Pakistan, June 13, 2009)
The leg-spin of Priyanka Roy powered India to victory against Pakistan at Taunton. Roy’s effort of 5-16 was the only five-wicket haul in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2009, and ensured that Pakistan were kept down to a mere 75. Pakistan’s decision to bat first did not pay dividends, but even with a small target to chase, India stuttered. A steady hand from the experienced Anjum Chopra eventually took India home, but not before five wickets were lost.   

8. Wayne Parnell (South Africa, 4-13 v West Indies, June 13, 2009)
Chris Gayle took the bold decision to chase at The Oval, and it backfired on the West Indies. Having just beaten India, the West Indies was perhaps stretched when they took the field, and breezy innings from Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs helped set a stiff target. Needing 184, West Indies had to go hard at South Africa’s bowlers and Wayne Parnell profited handsomely. Bowling full and straight and allowing the ball to do its thing, Parnell removed the openers and then came back to mop up the tail to end with 4-13 as South Africa won by 20 runs.   

9. Alex Cusack (Ireland, 4-18 v Sri Lanka, June 14, 2009)
Sri Lanka was given an almighty scare by Ireland at Lord’s, and only the calming influence of Mahela Jayawardene ensured that an upset was averted. After choosing to bat, Sri Lanka was in early trouble as Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan fell. Jayawardene, who made 78 even as wickets tumbled at the other end, gave the innings a semblance of normalcy. Alex Cusack got rid of Jayawardene and then polished off the tail, picking up 4-18. It was not be Ireland’s day, though, as it found it difficult to attack spin, and fell short by nine runs.   

10. Charl Langeveldt (South Africa, 4-19 v Pakistan, May 10, 2010)
The Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, is hardly a seamer’s delight. Yet Charl Langeveldt showed that a bit of cunning bowling was all it took to keep batsmen in check. A special effort at the death from Langeveldt ensured that Pakistan did not run away with the game. Langeveldt’s 4-19 restricted Pakistan to 148, but it would prove to be in vain. Pakistan’s spinners choked South Africa, and sealed victory by 11 runs, knocking South Africa out of the tournament in the process.

Nepal through to ICC World T20

Nepal joined Afghanistan and Ireland, becoming the third team to qualify for the World T20 2014 in Bangladesh with a last-ball win against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi. It's the first time Nepal will be heading to a global event.
Nepal entered the final over needing 13 to win and Sharad Vesawkar swung a six down the ground followed by an inside-edged four through fine leg. Vesawkar was back on strike to face the final delivery with scores level and pierced a packed ring through extra cover to send Nepal through to Bangladesh with a five-wicket win.
Chasing 144, Nepal got off to a solid start, but Hong Kong kept chipping away every time it appeared Nepal was about to seize control. Tanwir Afzal bowled opener Subash Khakurel behind his legs for 16 and Sagar Pun made 22 off 19 before he was pinned on the crease by a full delivery by Haseeb Amjad.
Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka came together and added 33 for the third wicket before Malla heaved Aizaz Khan to deep midwicket for 30. Atkinson kept Nepal off balance with a series of bowling changes as dot balls kept piling up to bring the equation to 32 off 20 balls for Nepal to win.
Khadka only struck two boundaries in his 46 off 39 and cleverly seized on ones and twos to anchor the chase. He offered a chance to Jamie Atkinson behind the stumps on the last ball of the 18th, but Hong Kong's wicketkeeper-captain spilled it and in the process injured his right thumb before exiting the field for treatment. A front foot no-ball by left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed was slammed past the umpire for a boundary two balls into the 19th and it looked as though Hong Kong would crumble without their captain. However, Hong Kong erupted in the field when Khadka was run-out two balls later after changing his mind too late on a second run.
After sending Hong Kong in to bat, Nepal had bowled and fielded marvellously for the majority of the innings before a hiccup in the final two overs allowed Hong Kong to reach 143 for 8. Hong Kong had a handful of players cross 20, but none made it past 25. The dangerous Irfan Ahmed was the first of three wickets for seamer Jitendra Mukhiya, edging a short ball to Nepal captain Paras Khadka at first slip in the second over. Hong Kong captain Atkinson sliced Avinash Karn to point at the start of the fifth. The two bowlers shared five wickets between them.

Jitendra Mukhiya in his delivery stride, Hong Kong v Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, quarter-final, Abu Dhabi, November 27, 2013
Jitendra Mukhiya picked up three wickets for Nepal © ICC
The win also took Nepal to the semi-final of the qualifying tournament where they will meet Afghanistan.
"This is the biggest moment of our lives. Our childhood dreams have come true," Khadka said. "I think the boys have worked really hard for this and been pushing it in the World Cricket League and the Twenty20 format. I think when it mattered, everyone contributed, and I am really glad we have qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. The tournament is still not over. We are now in the semi-finals and most likely to play Afghanistan. So, it's about time that we give them what they've been giving us all these years."
UAE 117 for 8 (Khurram 32, Malik 4-17) beat Netherlands 107 for 9 (Aziz 3-21) by 10 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
UAE became the fourth team to seal their spot in the World Twenty20 2014, successfully defending 117 against Netherlands in Abu Dhabi. Netherlands will have another go at qualifying on Thursday, playing Scotland - who won the previous match between these teams in the tournament - j for one of the two remaining open spots.
UAE batted first and openers Mohammad Azam and Shaiman Anwar didn't appear to be troubled by the gentle pace offered by Mudassar Bukhari, but both contributed to their own demise with some clumsy running that resulted in a pair of run-outs. Azam tried to nudge Bukhari past Stephan Myburgh at point for a single, but Anwar turned him down and Azam was unable to get back in his crease after committing early. After being too cautious in rejecting Azam's call, Anwar was too aggressive going for a third run on a delivery hit toward the cover boundary and failed to make it before the throw from Micky Swart arrived over the stumps at the non-striker's end to make it 29 for 2 in the sixth.
Khurram Khan tried to counterattack and top scored with 32 off 24 balls, but either side of his dismissal, Swapnil Patil and Rohan Mustafa were caught in the covers off loose drives for 1 and 10 respectively, leaving UAE at 69 for 5 in the 12th.
Mohammad Shafiq and Asim Khurshid patiently added 43 for the sixth wicket but their attempt at a late surge was thwarted by Ahsan Malik, who took three wickets in the 19th. Malik's 4 for 17 meant he overtook Hong Kong's Munir Dar as the tournament's wicket-taker with 17.
The total of 117 initially looked well below par, but the Netherlands got off to a nervy start and never looked comfortable at any point in their chase. Stephan Myburgh took nine balls to get off the mark - he did by hitting a six over midwicket - then perished two balls later to Manjula Guruge in the same region. Swart returned the favour from UAE's poor running between the wickets in the first innings when he went for a suicidal run in the ring.
Netherlands never shed their cautious manner and UAE's bowlers pounced on the timid approach and stifled the scoring. Netherlands ended the Powerplay at 21 for 2, and two overs later Barresi sent a leading edge back to Nasir Aziz for 11.
Eric Szwarczynski and Peter Borren briefly tried changing tactics, bringing out a scoop and reverse-sweep for much needed boundaries. Their success was shortlived, though, as Szwarczynski also ran himself out, on 23, going for a second run.
Borren was unlucky to be given lbw after he was struck outside the line of off, before Aziz took a juggling reflex return catch to nab Ben Cooper for 20 to make it 85 for 6.
Tim Gruijters hit a six to end the 18th, leaving the equation at 24 off 12 balls to win. Nepal had achieved victory earlier in the day with 26 needed off the final two overs, but Netherlands had to do it with their tail and couldn't manage enough boundaries. Gruijters fell to Aziz in the 19th for 8 and Michael Rippon was the third Netherlands player run out, with two balls to go in the match.
Scotland 126 for 3 (MacLeod 56, Berrington 52) beat Italy 125 for 8 (Northcote 46, Carter 2-26, Sharif 2-19) by seven wickets
Scotland openers Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod scored half-centuries to keep the team's hopes of reaching the 2014 World Twenty20 alive, with a seven-wicket win over Italy in Abu Dhabi. Scotland will now play Netherlands for a spot in next year's showpiece event, but Italy have been eliminated.
Berrington and MacLeod put up a stand of 112 that sent Scotland well on their way of overhauling the modest target of 126. Berrington hit 52 off 44 deliveries with six fours, while MacLeod's 45-ball 56 included seven fours.
Offspinner Carl Sandri dismissed both batsmen in the 15th over, but Michael Leask and Kyle Coetzer took the team home with 15 balls to spare.
Italy, choosing to bat, had earlier made a bright start as the opener Gareth Berg raced his way to a 16-ball 24 inside four overs. However, medium-pacer Safyaan Sharif removed both Berg and Peter Petricola in successive overs of his, leaving Italy at 41 for 2 after six overs. Andy Northcote made 46, but in the absence of any other big score or partnership, Italy were restricted to 125 for 8 from their 20 overs, with Sharif and Neil Carter taking two wickets apiece.
Papua New Guinea 145 for 4 (Jones 36, Ura 34) beat Namibia 120 (Williams 42, Raho 3-10) by 25 runs
The Papua New Guinea bowlers, led by Pipi Raho, kept the team's chances of qualifying for the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh alive with a convincing 25-run win against Namibia, who were eliminated from the race. PNG will now meet Hong Kong on November 28, the winner of the match going through to the world event in Bangladesh.
Raho's three wickets in his first three overs helped PNG to reduce Namibia to 16 for 4 while defending 145, a start from which Namibia wasn't able to recover and were bowled out in the 19th over. Craig Williams was the only batsman to put up any resistance, scoring 42 off 37 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
PNG had been given a flying start, again by Tony Ura, who scored most of the runs in a 42-run opening stand. It was followed by two more important innings, first by Geraint Jones, who scored 36, and then by Jack Vare, who remained unbeaten on 30, to help the team to a competitive total. The PNG bowlers made sure it was more than enough.