5 Most Economical Bowling Spells | T20 World Cup History

T20 cricket is a very tough game as far as the bowlers are concerned. It has always been a format for the batters, where the batters enjoy a good time most of the time. With flat pitches, small boundaries, good quality bats, ever-changing rules in favor of batters, and the mindset of the batters, the bowlers are always at the receiving end. But some of the bowlers have made an impact by bowling some economical bowling spells, especially at the big stage of T20 WCs. Today, we will see the top 5 economical bowling spells in the T20 World Cup history.

Top 5 most economical bowling spells in T20 World Cup history (4 overs spells)

(1) Lockie Ferguson

Lockie Ferguson has just made a world record for the most economical bowling spells in T20 World Cup history. He bowled all 4 maiden overs against Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a group-stage match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. He also took 3 wickets in that spell of bowling.

Ferguson first came in to bowl in the 5th over of the 1st inning. He took a wicket on the very first ball and then bowled 5 dot balls to Sese Bau.

The right-arm pacer again bowled a maiden over to Sese Bau in the next over. He then came in to bowl in the 12th over and bowled a wicket maiden. Lockie again bowled a wicket maiden 14th over. PNG bowled out for just 78 runs.

NZ chased down a target in 12.2 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Lockie Ferguson becomes the Man of the Match for his brilliant effort with the ball.

(2) Frank Nsubuga

It was a dream come true moment for Uganda to beat PNG in a T20 WC 2024 group stage match. Frank Nsubuga, a 43-year-old off-spinner from Uganda has also played one of the major roles in Uganda’s win against PNG.

In the first inning, Uganda restricted PNG to just 77 runs. Frank Nsubuga has bowled 4 overs and gave only 4 runs. It’s one of the most economical bowling spells in T20 World Cup history. He also took 2 wickets in that spell.

Uganda faced some difficulties in chasing a total, but eventually got over the line. They chase down a target with 7 wickets and 10 balls to spare.

(3) Anrich Nortje

The pace sensation from South Africa has bowed one of the most economical bowling spells in the T20 World Cup history. He bowled 4 overs and gave only 7 runs against Sri Lanka (SL) in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Group Stage game. Nortje also took 4 wickets in that spell.

Sri Lanka bowled out for just 77 runs. South Africa took some time to chase a target but won the game by 6 wickets with 22 balls to spare. Anrich Nortje becomes the Man of the Match for his 4 for 7.

(4) Ajantha Mendis

A mystery spinner from Sri Lanka trapped Zimbabwe batters in the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 Group Stage match. He bowled one of the most economical spells in T20 World Cup history.

Sri Lanka batted first and scored 182 runs on the board. Zimbabwe started the run-chase well with 37 for no loss. But as soon as Ajantha Mendis came into the attack, it was a one-sided affair. Mendis bowled 4 overs and took 6 wickets to win a game for Sri Lanka. Not just that, he only gave 8 runs in that spell, which is now the 4th most economical bowling spell in T20 World Cup history.

Zimbabwe bowled out for just 100 runs in 17.3 overs. Jeevan Mendis also took 3 wickets in that game.

(5) Mahmudullah Riyad

Although Mahmudullah is not a regular bowler, he holds a record of one of the most economical bowling spells in T20 World Cup history. He made this record against Afghanistan at Mirpur, Dhaka in the ICC T20 World Cup 2014.

Afghanistan batted first and bundled out for just 72 runs in 17.1 overs. Almost every bowler has contributed in the first inning. Mahmudullah has bowled one of the most economical spells in the T20 World Cup history. He bowled 4 overs and gave only 8 runs with a wicket of Shafiqullah Shafiq. Bangladesh won that game with 9 wickets and 8 overs to spare.

So these are the top 5 economical bowling spells in T20 World Cup history. The bowlers rarely found things easier in this format. But we have seen in the T20 WC 2024 so far that the pitches are conducive for the bowlers. They are exploiting the conditions to a good effect. The top 3 economical bowling spells happened in this tournament. Let’s see how things panned out going forward into this tournament.

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FAQs:-

(1) What is the most economical bowling spell in T20Is?

Lockie Ferguson’s spell against PNG a few days ago is the most economical in T20Is. Before that, it was Saad Bin Zafar, who bowled 4 maiden overs but took 2 wickets. Lockie has taken 3 wickets in that spell.

(2) Which bowler has the best bowling figures in T20Is?

Syazrul Idrus has the best bowling figures in T20Is. While playing for Malaysia, he bowled 4 overs and took 7 wickets for just 8 runs against China in 2023.

(3) Which bowler has the best bowling figures in T20Is (full member nation)?

Deepak Chahar has the best bowling figures in T20Is. He bowled 3.2 overs and took 6 wickets for just 7 runs against Bangladesh in 2019.

(4) What are the best bowling figures in the ICC T20 World Cup history?

Ajantha Mendis’ spell of 6 wickets for 8 runs is the best bowling figures in T20 WC history.

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