IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Top 5 Bowling Performances

With Indian Premier League 2020 recording the highest average of sixes across all editions, the bowlers have faced rather an uphill task to tame the batsmen. Despite that, IPL 2020 has witnessed some incredible bowling spells that have left the opposition batsmen stunned.

Here we take a look at the five best bowling spells in IPL 2020 at the halfway stage

IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Mohammed Shami (4-0-15-3) vs DC

KXIP pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently 4th in the race for the purple cap registered his best bowling figures in IPL by finishing with 3 for 15 in his spell of four overs against Delhi Capitals. Shami’s previous best was 3/21, which he achieved during the 2019 season against Mumbai Indians.

During Punjab’s opening match against Delhi, Shami was lethal right from the start as he accounted the wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer and Shreyas Iyer.

While Shami removed Shaw and Hetmyer in a fiery opening spell, the pacer returned to dismiss Delhi skipper Iyer.

Shami, who made his debut in the 2009 season has played 58 matches, taking 50 wickets at an economy of 8.90.

IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Rashid Khan (4-0-14-3) vs DC

In the Match 11 of Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan recorded brilliant bowling figures of 4-0-14-3- his best in IPL so far. Rashid’s triple strike made all the difference, allowing Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to defend 162 for their first win of the IPL 2020 tournament.

During the chase, Delhi was struggling to keep up with the required run rate. Rashid was introduced in the seventh over when the opposition needed 121 runs to win from 78 balls. He just needed two balls to strike as he sent captain Shreyas Iyerback to the pavilion.

Rashid then got rid of Shikhar Dhawan in his third over with a googly. The Capitals opener had edged the ball to wicketkeeper Bairstow.

The umpire had initially ruled it not out but on referral the decision was overturned. Warner then gave Rashid a short break before re-introducing him in the 17th over, with Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis in the middle. After conceding three singles in the first three balls, the 22-year-old Afghan star struck again.

He tempted Pant into going for the sweep off a flighted delivery as the ball found Priyam Garg at square leg.

IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-20-4) vs RR

Mumbai Indians (MI) frontline bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, returned to his blazing form in the 20th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

The pacer completely dominated the RR batting unit by picking up four wickets in his quota of overs and conceding only 20 runs. His fiery spell guided MI to a 57-run win at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Bumrah got rid of Steve Smith, the Royals’ captain, to open his account in the wickets’ column. Then he castled Rahul Tewatia, who could have done a lot of damage in the death overs. Apart from the dangerous duo, Jasprit also accounted for the wickets of Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal. The 26-year-old is currently second in the list of leading wicket-takers in the tournament with 11 scalps.

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IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Kagiso Rabada (4-0-24-4) vs RCB

Delhi Capitals (DC) pacer Kagiso Rabada, who is known for his pace, wreaked havoc against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the match no. 19 of IPL 2020. Rabada clinched four wickets against RCB in four overs, conceding 24 runs with an economy of six to help DC win the game by 59 runs.

Rabada bowled his heart out against RCB – where he dismissed Virat Kohli (43), Washington Sundar (17), Shivam Dube (11) and Isuru Udana (1).

In the process, the South African pacer also equalled the record of fast bowler Vinay Kumar in IPL of clinching at least a wicket in 19 matches in a row.

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IPL 2020 Halfway Stage : Ravi Bishnoi (3-0-29-3) vs RCB

20-year-old Ravi Bishnoi produced a masterclass of an over to help Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad on 201/6 in the match no. 22 of IPL 13. After reaching 160 for no loss, SRH fell off to 175/5 in just three overs courtesy of some exceptional bowling by the spinner.

It was the young Bishnoi who initiated the KXIP fight back as he dismissed SRH openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in the same over after the duo had stitched a 160 run stand for the first wicket.

Bishnoi again wreaked havoc and sent Abdul Samad back in the dugout after he tried to go for the big slog. SRH lost 5 wickets in a span of three overs and got reduced to 175/5.

However, KXIP lost the match by 69 runs as they were bowled out for 132 runs in just 16.5 overs.