A five-wicket haul is something that a bowler always dreams of achieving sometime in his career. Scalping a five-wicket haul is definitely strenuous but playing with the proper momentum and enthusiasm yields the best results. Many legendary bowlers achieved this prestigious feat in T20 World Cup. Just a day prior, Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanisthan registered his name on this list. Here SpotzPoint.com lets you know about all the bowlers with a five-wicket haul in the T20 World Cup.
In Mujeeb Ur Rahman's debut T20 World Cup match, he accounted for the wickets of five cricketers of Scotland. He bowled four overs and gave 20 runs along with 5 wickets. In the 4th over, he sent Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington back to the pavilion. Next in the 6th over and 8th over, he took the wicket of George Munsey and Mark Wat respectively.
On 26 March 2016, Eden Gardens hosted the T20 world cup match of Bangladesh vs New Zealand. Mustafizur Rahman was an absolute delight to watch on that day but unfortunately, Bangladesh lost the match. Mustafizur impressed everyone with his bowling skills and dismissed the strong batting lineup of New Zealand. Firstly he sent the openers Henry Nicholas and Kane Williamson and then continued picking the wickets of Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, and Nathan McCullum. Throughout his T20 World Cup journey, he played in 3 matches. In these 3 matches, he showed good performance and picked up 9 wickets with a bowling average of 9.55 and an economy rate of 7.16.
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James Faulkner, the man of the match of the 26th match of the 2016 T20 World Cup between Australia and Pakistan, was a vision to watch for that day. The Australian bowler bowled aggressively and took the important 5 wickets of Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and lastly Wahab Riaz. Also, he featured in 5 T20 World Cup matches where he picked up 8 wickets in 16.5 overs with a bowling average of 16.62 an economy rate of 7.9.
In the 21st Match of the 2014 T20 World Cup, Ahsan Malik of the Netherlands showed class performance by picking up some crucial wickets of South Africa. On that day, he sent the opener Hashim Amla back to the pavilion. He continued his innings by picking up the wickets of Albie Morkel, David Miller, Dale Steyn, and Beuran Hendricks. Overall he featured in 9 T20 World Cup matches and bowled 25.5 overs to take 12 wickets with a bowling average of 14.25 and an economy rate of 6.61.
The cricket World witnessed a 5 wicket haul on 31st March 2014. The Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath is the cricketer behind his achievement against New Zealand. Herath showed a spectacular performance by dismissing a few of the most vital cricketers of New Zealand. He was accounted for the wickets of Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, and lastly Trent Boult. The Sri Lankan team dismissed New Zealand at only 60 runs and won the match by 59 runs.
Next on the list is Ajantha Mendis, and he achieved this feat against Zimbabwe on 18 September 2012 T20 World Cup. On that day Mendis picked up a total of 6 wickets of Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, and Kyle Jarvis. He broke the entire lineup of top-order batters unassisted and contributed the most to win the match by 82 runs.
In the 18th match of the 2009 T20 World Cup, Umar Gul took a 5 wicket haul against New Zealand. 13 June 2009 was the date and Pakistan definitely won the match by 6 wickets. Umar Gul played brilliantly and also became the man of the match. He single-handedly broke the middle order of New Zealand and picked up the wickets of Scott Styris, Peter McGlashan, Nathan McCullum, James Franklin, and Kyle Mills. He gave only 6 runs during doing the wonders on the field that day.
The veteran Sri Lankan bowler is not only the cricketer with the 5 wicket haul but also the third-highest wicket-taker in T20 World Cup history. In 31 appearances, the right arm pacer picked up 38 wickets. These massive number of wickets also include a 5 wicket haul against England. With an economy rate of 7.43 and a bowling average of 16.2, he picked up the wickets of Luke Wright, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Sameer Patel, and Jos Buttler.
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