ODI bowling nominees

Narine puzzles, Perera strikes

A hat-trick, a six-for, a fiver on comeback, big hauls on debut - all feature in our ODI bowling shortlist for 2012

Vishal Dikshit

January 10, 2013

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Thisara Perera ripped through Pakistan's middle order, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo, June 16, 2012
Thisara Perera: derailed Pakistan twice © AFP
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Thisara Perera
6 for 44 v Pakistan

second ODI, Pallekele
Perera's six-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka level the series. His efforts were all the more special because four of those wickets were of top-order batsmen; and one of them was a spectacular caught-and-bowled. In the process, he bagged the overall best bowling figures against Pakistan in one-dayers.

Sunil Narine
5 for 27 v New Zealand

fifth ODI, Basseterre
Narine showed his temperament was as notable as his variations, spooking the New Zealand batsmen in the closing stages to engineer another West Indies victory. West Indies were defending 241 but Narine made it seem like 341, spinning webs around the New Zealand batsmen, giving away only 27 runs in his ten overs and taking five wickets.

Clint McKay
5 for 28 v Sri Lanka

CB Series, third final, Adelaide
An unwavering spell from McKay delivered the CB Series trophy to Australia in a tense final against Sri Lanka. As the injured captain Michael Clarke watched intently from the boundary's edge, McKay nipped out two of Sri Lanka's top four inside the first ten overs. McKay's figures were his best in international cricket, and they went a long way towards making sure Australia won the triangular series for the first time since 2005-06.

Ben Hilfenhaus
5 for 33 v India

CB Series, Brisbane
Hilfenhaus played his first ODI in more than two years and made India's powerful top order wobble when he got rid of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli cheaply. Moving the ball at a good pace on a tight line, he then took three more to deliver a resounding win for Australia and take five wickets in an ODI for the first time.

Mitchell Starc
5 for 42 v Pakistan

first ODI, Sharjah
Starc ran through Pakistan's middle order and restricted them to 198, dismissing three of the four batsmen who made good starts. (And all his five victims were batsmen or batting allrounders.) After James Pattinson removed the openers, Starc made sure none of the Pakistan batsmen settled down: only four of them reached double figures, and Pakistan were all out in the 46th over.

Sohag Gazi
4 for 29 v West Indies

first ODI, Khulna
Making his ODI debut against a potent West Indies batting line-up, Gazi took the wickets of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, to follow up an impressive start to his Test career. Even though West Indies never looked set for a huge total, the spinners, led by Gazi, confined the visitors to 199.

Sunil Narine
4 for 27 v Australia

second ODI, Kingstown
Narine's crafty spin guided West Indies to their first ODI victory over Australia since 2006, in a rain-affected match. His spin was tidy and intelligent, and his offbreaks received plenty of assistance from the pitch. In only his fifth ODI, Narine delivered a match-winning spell, which included the wickets of the Hussey brothers and Matthew Wade.

Saeed Ajmal
4 for 32 v Australia

second ODI, Abu Dhabi
Ajmal's dexterous bowling got him four big wickets and Pakistan a seven-wicket win. David Warner scratched around for 24 before Ajmal had him lbw. David Hussey was gone for a duck before he could understand the nature of the pitch. Michael Hussey anchored the innings till the 45th over but Ajmal got him bowled. And he then got Glenn Maxwell, who had hit two sixes, out stumped.


Ben Hilfenhaus sends one down, Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane, February 19, 2012
Ben Hilfenhaus: made a memorable comeback to ODIs in the CB Series © Getty Images
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Steven Finn
4 for 34 v Pakistan

first ODI, Abu Dhabi
It can't be easy to pick up wickets in the first match you play on a tour after carrying drinks through a Test series, but Finn did, putting weeks of inactivity behind him to settle the first ODI of the series. He made full use of the assistance provided by evening conditions and a fresh breeze under the floodlights in an incisive new-ball burst of 4 for 20 in six overs. He took the first four Pakistani wickets, sending them slumping to 40 for 4, which more or less sealed England's victory.

Thisara Perera
4 for 42 v Pakistan

fourth ODI, R Premadasa Stadium
Sri Lanka scored 243 in 50 overs and Pakistan were 176 for 4 at the end of 40 overs, and favourites to take the series lead. Then Perera intervened, replacing Nuwan Kulasekara, produced a hat-trick out of nowhere, and the match was over in the next four overs. He got the wickets of Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and Sarfraz Ahmed, ran out Sohail Tanvir, and had Saeed Ajmal caught to wrap up proceedings.

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Posted by RandyOZ on (January 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Without a doubt Starc, the most exciting young talent on the planet right now,

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

@Deepanjan Datta..... Dear Sir loosing a series does not make it meaningless bilateral series :-)..... Pak vs Ind has always been the most important encounters of all

Posted by FOTO on (January 12, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

It goes to Shohag Gazi in the end. He was outstanding in his ODI debut. One of the finest and best I have 4/29 keeping and economy under 3 and getting four wickets in a maiden ODI game and getting players such as GAYLE out.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (January 12, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Gazi is my choice bkz in his debut he gots most furios batsman of world

Posted by Lahori92 on (January 12, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Deepanjan Datta: dont see no indians on this list, india got hammered and it was meaning less series was it?

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Junaid Khan rattling Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj and Rohit. What else one can ask for?

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 12, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

yes for me perera 6.44 against us he bowled really well yes you cant say any thing about pakistan batting they will give away 5 wicket to hurtiz like they did in aus but still thats bowling is really good to be no 1st place.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Junaid's spell against india in the end of the year was the best one and stands above all. And that too against the so called world's best batting line.

Posted by sriharisachin on (January 11, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

my choice is perera`s 4-42

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