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ESPNcricinfo Awards 2017 ODI bowling nominees: threes, fours, fives, and everything that's nice

Two six-fors, four three-fors, and one seven-wicket bag in our pick of the best ODI bowling performances of 2017

Fists don't lie: Trent Boult is rather chuffed to take the last wicket against Australia in Hamilton  •  Getty Images

Fists don't lie: Trent Boult is rather chuffed to take the last wicket against Australia in Hamilton  •  Getty Images

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Trent Boult
6 for 33 vs Australia
third ODI, Hamilton

It's a satisfying day when your (then) career-best haul helps clinch a series against Australia. Set 282 to win, Australia looked comfortable when Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis added 53 for the fourth wicket. In his seventh over, Boult, on 1 for 22, accounted for Head with a short ball bowled at 140kph, and then James Faulkner, with some late movement, inducing an edge to a slip specifically placed wide for the batsman. After Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins went on a rampage, hitting 55 runs from four overs, Boult was brought back to restore order. He wrapped up the game in his next two overs, forcing Cummins into playing too early, dismissing Adam Zampa in similar fashion to Faulkner, and getting Josh Hazlewood to inside-edge onto his stumps. The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was regained.
Kagiso Rabada
3 for 25 vs New Zealand
fifth ODI, Auckland
Three days after Martin Guptill had made 180 - "my No. 1 knock" - to level the series, Rabada yorked him for 4 and gave South Africa an early upper hand in the deciding match. His opening spell was testing - a mix of relentless good-length stuff in the corridor and short balls that climbed on the batsmen - on a surface that had more carry than others used in the series. New Zealand never really recovered, folding for 149 and suffering their first bilateral home-series loss since 2014.
Rashid Khan
7 for 18 vs West Indies
first ODI, St Lucia

Afghanistan have notched up a lot of "firsts" since they began moving their way up the World Cricket League, but with 18-year-old legspinner Rashid Khan in their side, a lot of their previous achievements will soon begin to look passé. Defending only 212, Rashid struck with his first ball, and just didn't let up, taking the fourth-best figures in one-day history (including two wickets in two balls twice in consecutive overs), most with an array of googlies that tied the West Indies batsmen up in knots. Afghanistan won by 63 runs, their first ODI victory against a Full Member side other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.
Mark Wood
4 for 33 vs Australia
Champions Trophy, Edgbaston

Having removed David Warner earlier in the innings before he could inflict any real damage, Wood returned to the attack and got a well-set Steven Smith to pop a catch to mid-off just when Australia seemed set to make a big 300-plus score. When he came back ten overs later, Australia were chugging along, having lost no more wickets. He got down to fixing that, with the help of Jason Roy, who took a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss Glenn Maxwell. Australia finished with only 277 and exited the Champions Trophy while England advanced to the semis on a Duckworth-Lewis win.
Hasan Ali
3 for 35 vs England
Champions Trophy semi-final, Cardiff

Mohammad Amir's absence from the match might have caused Pakistan to feel nervous about their chances, but 23-year-old Hasan was more than capable of leading the attack. On the same pitch on which he had taken 3 for 43 to beat Sri Lanka two days before, he got the ball to move both ways and later reverse as well. Brought in to bowl in the 17th over, when England were 80 for 1, he had Jonny Bairstow misjudging the pace and bounce of the third ball and top-edging a pull to deep square leg. Eoin Morgan was greeted with some over-140kph deliveries and was lucky when he gloved one down leg side for four. When Hasan returned for his second spell, England were steady on 139 for 3. He forced an outside edge from Ben Stokes' bat and then got Morgan to chase a wide one to the keeper. "England have firepower... but Pakistan have fire, pure and simple," said ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary.
Mohammad Amir
3 for 16 vs India
Champions Trophy final, The Oval

Returning after a back spasm had kept him out of the semi-final, and with 338 runs to defend against that bogey of Pakistan in ICC tournaments, India, Amir said: not today, punks. He swung the third ball of the innings into Rohit Sharma, pinning him in front of the stumps, and then greeted Virat Kohli with a 90-miler. It didn't matter than Pakistan's fielders weren't a tenth as good as their bowlers. First slip drops Kohli? Here, point, why don't you try to take the next one? Amir served up two screamers to Shikhar Dhawan and two balls later bowled a cross-seam delivery outside off which bounced more than Dhawan anticipated and turned his glide to third man into an edge to the keeper. With that, Amir ended his five-over spell, having taken 3 for 16.
Jason Holder
5 for 27 vs India
fourth ODI, North Sound

When West Indies were dismissed for 178, it looked like India would wrap up the series with a game to go. They were five down, plodding along at about three an over with 55 needed from the last seven. Inexplicably, Holder threw the ball to Roston Chase - one career wicket at 23 at the time - and MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya took 16 runs off the over. Holder then brought himself on as Chase's replacement and took out Pandya's leg stump first ball. In his next over, he removed Ravindra Jadeja, and when he returned to bowl the final over, India were eight down, needing 14 to win. Another first-ball yorker wicket and then a catch off a desperate slog - Holder had won a game out of the blue and collected his first five-for in the format.
Akila Dananjaya
6 for 54 vs India
second ODI, Kandy
In a miserable home series where they were repeatedly pulverised by India, this was the only match where Sri Lanka got a sniff of a chance, thanks to their offspinner (but mystery spinner really). India took 18 runs off Dananjaya's first 14 balls, and when he dismissed Rohit Sharma off the 15th, with a legbreak, it had been 329 runs since a Sri Lankan bowler had taken a wicket in the series. His next over went: W, 4, W, 1, W, 0 - all three dismissals to googlies. India had gone from 75 for 0 to 119 for 5 in seven overs. MS Dhoni was able to resist the strange magic, though, and squeeze in a three-wicket win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
3 for 9 vs Australia
second ODI, Kolkata

"In modern-day cricket, 252 was not a big total to defend," Bhuvneshwar Kumar said after India's 50-run win at Eden Gardens. "But we knew if we had to win, we have to keep taking wickets." A spot of rain helped him do just that along with his skill to make the ball move in the air and off the seam. Australia's openers, Hilton Cartwright and David Warner, were tentative, never certain which way the ball would travel, and fell to edges - Cartwright chopping an inside edge onto his stumps and Warner nicking one to second slip. Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya also piled on the pressure and India got a 2-0 lead in the series.
Suranga Lakmal
4 for 13 vs India
first ODI, Dharamsala

Of the 19 internationals they played against India in 2017, Sri Lanka won two - a high-scoring chase at The Oval in the Champions Trophy and this low scorer in swinging, seaming conditions in Dharamsala. Lakmal repeatedly beat the bat, getting away movement in the air and off the pitch - Rohit Sharma was caught off one that moved away, Dinesh Karthik trapped lbw with one that nipped back in, Manish Pandey beaten by a good-length ball, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar by a fuller delivery that moved away just enough to get his outside edge. At the end of 17 overs, India were 29 for 7; Sri Lanka won in 21 overs.
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