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 after four weeks:
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 fourth in the list of leading wicket-takers in the tournament with 12 scalps to his name in eight games.
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.
Rabada is currently leading the Purple Cap tally having 19 clinched 19 wickets in nine games.
Chris Morris (4-0-26-4) vs RR:
Ever since getting fit, Morris has been RCB’s main bowler. The South African all-rounder was once again in his elements against RR as he accounted for all key wickets in the form of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and big-hitter Jofra Archer. Moreover, he gave away just 26 runs in his four overs and his strike rate read 6.00.
Rashid Khan (4-0-12-3) vs KXIP
In the Match 22 of Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan recorded brilliant bowling figures of 4-0-12-3, which is his best in IPL so far. Rashid had Nicholas Pooran caught at cover, then trapped Mohammed Shami the very next ball. Before that, he cleaned bowl Mandeep Singh with an unplayable delivery.
Rashid’s triple strike made things easier for David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad as they thrashed KXIP by 69 runs while defending the 202-runs target.
Mohammed Shami (4-0-15-3) vs DC
KXIP pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently 7th 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.