Twenty20 bowling nominees January 15, 2011

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Aussies and Kiwis make up the bulk of the shortlist

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Shaun Tait 3 for 13 v Pakistan
only Twenty20, Melbourne

Having quit first-class cricket to focus on the shorter formats, Tait vindicated his decision with a display of raw pace that saw him record the fastest ball bowled in Australia when he clocked 160.7kph with his third delivery of the match. He didn't drop below 150kph in his opening two overs and had Pakistan opener Imran Farhat edge a 152kph rocket to slip. Australia were in a tight spot, having only scored 127, when Tait took the crucial wicket of Kamran Akmal in his second spell to finish with three wickets and an economy rate of 3.45 from his four overs.

Graeme Cremer 3 for 11 v West Indies
only Twenty20, Port-of-Spain

It's not often that a spinner dominates a Twenty20 match, but Zimbabwe's effort to restrict West Indies to 79 and pick up a 26-run win laid to rest the notion that Twenty20 cricket is only about big-hitting batsmen. West Indies' left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn had taken 4 for 6, which looked like it would be a match-winning performance, but legspinner Cremer spun a web of his own, dismissing Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy in a match that saw a record eight ducks.

Tim Southee 5 for 18 v Pakistan, first Twenty20, Auckland
Southee ripped the heart out of the Pakistan line-up with a brutal spell that included a hat-trick and fetched him five wickets in nine deliveries. Pakistan had got off to a flyer, reaching 51 for 1 in five overs before Southee crippled the innings, using his height to generate pace and bounce on the quick, hard surface, and throwing in the odd slower ball to keep the batsmen guessing. He stopped the run-flow with the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad, then got the hat-trick in his next over, dismissing Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal, before getting the big-hitting Abdul Razzaq. By the time he was done, Pakistan were 68 for 6 and couldn't get to a challenging enough total.

Ian Butler 3 for 19 v Pakistan
World Twenty20, Barbados

Butler's last over, which went for nine, gave New Zealand a tense one-run victory. He had already played a vital role in helping his side defend 133, taking the crucial wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi and giving away only 11 in his first three overs, but everything rode on his last six balls, with Pakistan needing 11 to win and Salman Butt, batting on 59, to take strike. Butt got two fours away, but there were two dot balls in between. The penultimate delivery was a yorker, Butt could only manage a bye, and Abdur Rehman wasn't able to get the winning runs of the final ball.

Steven Smith 3 for 20 v West Indies
World Twenty20, St Lucia

Before he was called up to the Ashes squad, it was in Twenty20 that Smith first announced himself as Australia's new blond, legspinning prodigy. In St Lucia he served notice of his talent with a ripping legbreak that dragged the dangerous Kieron Pollard out of his crease and had him stumped. The next ball was another classic legspinner's dismissal: Darren Sammy drove the turning ball straight into Smith's hands. West Indies might have thought Smith's overs would be a reprieve from Australia's deadly pace attack, but they lost their middle order to him instead.

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  • John on January 16, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    saad malik, in that 5 wicket maiden, most of the wickets were runouts, rather than being taken by the bowler.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    hatrick and 5WB duhhhhhh this turned the game around aswell

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I reckon Tim Southee, but not for the spell mentioned here. His effort in the game in Christchurch, where both sides were scoring at more than 10 an over, was more impressive. Especially his super over effort in that game, where Australia were left to choke horribly. He started by getting pummelled in the beginning of the Australian innings, but came back with a couple of overs at the death when Australia where smashing everything and bowled pinpoint yorker after pinpoint yorker to strangle the scoring rate.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    i think umar akmal is the best in the world at this time { 60,32 in t20 the best and and the guy from afghnistan is good too.

  • Duncan on January 15, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Hey @Malik M - these 'awards' are just for 2010, which is why Gul isn't in there. And @Saeed Abbas, Tait wasn't exactly great when it mattered in the world T20 final. In fact Southee seems to be the only outstanding one here.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    hey guys....what the hell, Umar Gul of Pakistan, the man with most wickets in T20 cricket, continues to haunt batters around the world as he own the record of best bowling figures = 5 wkts for just 6 runs in his 3 overs against New Zealand at the Oval back on 13 June 2009, the second World T20 tournament which Pakistan won.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    what about sulieman benn 4-6 vs zim in trinidad opening withthe new ball?

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    where is aamers 5 wicket maiden vs australia?

  • Deon on January 15, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Cremer gets my vote. After getting creamed by Kallis for the quickest Test 50 on record in his first Test series, Cremer has developed a great deal over the last few years. The performance against the WI was excellent.He mixed up big turning leggies with sliders and googlies. He is much under rated. If I was an IPL manager I would have considered a cheeky $50k bid for Cremer. Every now and a gain you are going to get pitch/wind conditions that suit a leggie. Cremer is a proven match winner and would not disappoint.

  • Shantanu on January 15, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Southee is my choice. What else a bowler should do in t20 - 5 wickets in 4 overs including hattrick.

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