Corey Anderson (above) celebrates his fifer against India © Getty Images
Corey Anderson celebrates his five-for against India © Getty Images

The year 2014 has been quite remarkable for bowlers in One-Day Internationals (ODI) cricket. There were some memorable bowling spells which were registered in the record books.  Sandipan Banerjee lists out the 10 most memorable bowling spells of the year in chronological order.

1. Corey Anderson’s 5 for 63 against India at Auckland:

For Corey Anderson, the year 2014 will end  quite remarkable as an all-rounder. In this year, he has scored runs in heaps and took vital wickets for New Zealand. The performance against India came in the famous tied third ODI of the five-match home series against India on January 25, 2014.

New Zealand batted first and piled up a huge total 314 for nine in their first innings. In reply, the Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave their side an attacking start. It was Anderson who broke the opening partnership in the 10th over with the wicket of Dhawan. The left-armer also got the important wicket of Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane and a set MS Dhoni subsequently in that innings.  During the end stages of the match, he also snaffled the wicket of Mohammed Shami. It was mainly because of his bowling performance, New Zealand avoided defeat in that game.

2. Chris Jordon’s 5 for 29 against Sri Lanka at Manchester:

Another memorable bowling performance came from the England pacer. On May 28, 2014 England were playing the third ODI of the five-match home series against Sri Lanka. On a cloudy afternoon, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat.

Jordon was introduced in the bowling attack as a first change bowler and he just ripped through the Lankan batting order. In his first spell he got the priced wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal. Later on, he claimed the scalps of Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga. Thanks to Jordon’s fine effort, Sri Lanka were bundled out for a paltry 67 and England won the game by 10 wickets.

Jordan (above) picked crucial wickets to put England on course to victory © Getty Images
Jordan picked crucial wickets to put England on course to victory © Getty Images

3. Taskin Ahmed’s 5 for 28 against India at Mirpur:

Bangladesh‘s Taskin Ahmed had a memorable ODI debut on June 17, 2014, when he ripped apart the Indian  batting order at Mirpur. Just after the Indian Premier League (IPL) a young Indian side, led by Suresh Raina, toured Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series. This was the second match of the series.

Bangladesh won the toss and decided to field on a difficult Mirpur wicket. From the first over itself, the ball was seaming around and Taskin, who was playing his first ODI, took the full advantage of it. He was basically unplayable on the day and Indian batsmen had no clue of his swing bowling. India made their lowest score against Bangladesh in 50-over cricket, but still managed to win the game, thanks to another memorable bowling performance which follows now.

4. Stuart Binny’s 6 for 4 against Bangladesh at Mirpur:

It was Stuart Binny’s magical bowling spell of six wickets for four runs in the above mentioned game, which saved India from embarrassment. During their chase of 106, Bangladesh were decently placed at 44 for two.  In the 12th over of the innings, skipper Raina gave the ball to Binny. And before the world could realise what just happened, the game was over within next 36 balls, the game was over. Bangladesh were all-out for 58.

Binny just pitched the ball up and the Bangladeshi batsmen had absolutely no idea of tackling the swing. Among the six wickets that Binny claimed, most of them were either caught by the wicketkeeper or someone in the slip cordon. Indeed, it was one of the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler in ODIs.

Stuart Binny (left) celebrates his 6 for 4 against Bangladesh
Stuart Binny (left) celebrates his 6 for 4 against Bangladesh © Getty Images

5. Prosper Utseya’s 5 for 36 against South Africa at Harare:

Prosper Utseya has bowled many memorable spells for Zimbabwe, but this one which came on August 29, 2014 at Harare was quite special as it was against South Africa. The game was a dead-rubber. South Africa had already won the three-match series 2-0.  But for Zimbabwe, there were everything to play for.

Batting first, South Africa had a 142-run opening partnership. Everything was going on smoothly till Utseya ‘prospered’. In the 25th over, he claimed the big wicket of Hashim Amla. But,  the most dramatic over was the 27th when the off-spinner got the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller on consecutive deliveries. Later also completed his five-for with wicket of JP Duminy. Though Zimbabwe failed to win the game, but still this was one of the magical bowling spells of the year.

Prosper Utseya got his first hat-trick this year © AFP
Prosper Utseya got his first hat-trick this year © AFP

6. Mohammed Shami’s 4 for 36 against West Indies in Delhi:

This was a match-winning spell by Mohammed Shami. In Delhi, India were trailing the series 0-1 and West Indies looked on course to to chase down India’s 263.

Shami changed the tide of the game towards India’s favour, when he bowled Dwayne Smith for 97 who was going all guns blazing. Earlier, he had already taken the wicket of Darren Bravo. During the later stages, Shami also got priced scalps of Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul. It was because of his crucial spell in the middle overs India managed to win the game by 48 runs.

Mohammed Shami bowled some memorable spells of India in ODIs this year  © IANS
Mohammed Shami bowled some memorable spells of India in ODIs this year © IANS

7. Morne Morkel’s 5 for 21 against Australia at Perth:

South Africa’s pacer Morne Morkel‘s best figures in One-Day cricket came on November 16, 2014 when he just ripped through the Australian batting line-up at Perth. Australian top and middle-order had no answer to Morkel’s pace and bounce which he was generating from the Perth pitch. His figures of five for 21 were mainly responsible for Australia’s low score of 154 as they batting first. Though South Africa eventually won the match by three wickets, but another magical bowling performance of this year came from the same match.

8. Josh Hazlewood’s 5 for 31 against Australia at Perth:

Australia’s pacer Josh Hazlewood also got his best figure on that particular game when he claimed five for 31 during South Africa’s chase of 155. Hazlewood got the important South African wickets at the right time and kept the visitors on their toes. In that innings, the young Hazlewood bowled in the right channels and got the rewards.

9. Chris Woakes’ 6 for 47 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele:

England all-rounder Chris Woakes had a good tour of Sri Lanka . On December 10, 2014, Woakes’ six-for helped the English team to beat the strong Sri Lankan side in the fifth ODI of the seven-match series.

Sri Lankan were batting first in that game. Woakes bowled an impressive opening spell and got one wicket. Later in the middle and death overs, he claimed the wickets at the right time and restricted the Sri Lankans to 239. Eventually, England won the by five wickets.

10. Matt Henry’s 5 for 31 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi

This was an important spell, not only in the context of the match but in the context of the series. The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand was poised at 2-2and on December 19, 2014 the decider was played in Abu Dhabi. .

Pakistan were chasing 276 to win the game and the series when the right-arm fast bowler troubled the Pakistan top-order and got two early wickets. In his later spell Henry just ripped apart the lower and middle-orders. Pakistan were all out for 207 and New Zealand won the match and the series.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)