IPL 2013: Top 10 bowling spells

Amit Mishra became the first bowler to take three IPL hat-tricks © IANS

By Sarang Bhalerao

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 saw some of stellar bowling performances. Here is the list of top ten bowling performances of IPL 2013:

Amit Mishra’s four for 19 against Pune Warriors India

Sunrisers Hyderabad were defending a low total of 119. When Mishra came onto bowl the penultimate over of the match, Pune Warriors needed 14 off 12 deliveries with four wickets in hand. Mishra’s figures were 3-0-17-0 up to that point. In his final over Mishra picked up four wickets. He first had Pune captain Angelo Mathews caught at long-off in the second ball of the over.

A googly off the fourth ball befuddled Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was trapped leg-before. Rahul Sharma went for a slog-sweep and missed the line completely, and was bowled. Off the final ball of his spell, Mishra bowled a googly to Ashok Dinda which rattled his stumps. Thus Mishra became the first bowler to take three IPL hat-tricks.

Jaidev Unadkat’s five for 25 against Delhi Daredevils

Unadkat ran in and gave everything he had. He got the wicket off the first ball when Mahela Jayawardene tried to steer one towards third man but got an inside-edge which rattled his stumps. Virender Sehwag was hoodwinked with a slower ball which he chipped straight to mid-on. In his second spell Unadkat got the well-set Unmukt Chand and two balls later dismissed Kedar Jadhav as well.

The left-arm pacer was entrusted the responsibility of bowling the final over. Delhi needed 20 to win. He went for 14 runs in that over, but got Morne Morkel courtesy of a yorker and sealed the game for Bangalore.

James Faulkner’s five for 20 against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad were hopelessly placed at 29 for six. The wrecker-in-chief was Australian James Faulkner who picked up three of those wickets. Tight line and length was his mantra of success. Hyderabad batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakkara and Karan Sharma all played lose shots. Sangakkara drove away from the body, Dhawan cut straight to point and Sharma failed to control the pull shot.

Upon his return in the second spell, Faulkner dismissed Amit Mishra who sliced an innocuous length ball to long-off. In his final over Faulkner had Darren Sammy leg-before, thus completing his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL.

Mitchell Johnson’s three for 27 against Chennai Super Kings

In his first over, Michael Hussey was reprieved thrice off as many balls by Kieron Pollard fielding at backward point. Johnson started his second over by getting a wicket off the first ball. Murali Vijay drove one away from the body and got a huge inside-edge that shattered the stumps.

Suresh Raina tried to work his first ball towards leg-side but the ball swung late. His leading edge was taken by Pollard at backward point, albeit stretching completely to catch the ball inches off the ground. Subramaniam Badrinath failed to gauge Johnson’s incoming delivery and was out leg-before off the third ball for a duck.

The three-wicket over from Johnson stalled Chennai’s momentum considerably.

Sunil Narine’s four for 13 against Delhi Daredevils

In the season opener, Sunil Narine confounded Delhi with his spin. He had wickets in each of his four overs. In the first over David Warner tried to work Narine towards square-leg but got the leading edge which was caught by Jacques Kallis in the first slip.

In Narine’s second over, Irfan Pathan tried to loft him straight but failed to connect the shot thus presenting Manoj Tiwary with an easy catch at long-off. In his third over he had Andre Russell with his leg-break. Russell tried to work the ball towards on-side and opened the face of the bat early and presented an easy return catch to Narine. He had Nehra in his fourth over who looked to slog-sweep, but couldn’t clear the deep mid-wicket fielder.

IPL 2013: Top 10 bowling spells

James Faulkner became the only bowler to achieve the incredible feat of capturing two fifers in the same edition of the IPL © IANS

James Faulkner’s five for 16 against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Faulkner got his second five-wicket haul of IPL 2013 and his second against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He thus became the only bowler to achieve the incredible feat of capturing two fifers in the same edition of the IPL.

He got Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan in his first over. The incessant line around off-stump fetched him rich dividends. In his second spell he got dangerous Darren Sammy caught at long-off and then half-centurion Biplab Samantray caught at long-on. Off the final ball of his spell he rattled Dale Steyn’s with a near perfect yorker.

Dale Steyn’s three for 11 against Pune Warriors India

Pune Warriors needed 24 runs off the last two overs, with their captain Angelo Mathews well-set at the crease. In came Dale Steyn to bowl the penultimate over of the match. All the specialist bowlers barring Steyn had finished their quota of overs. Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara took the gamble and gave Steyn a bowl; the move worked instantly. Steyn took three wickets in four balls to finish the game. Mathews was left stranded at the other end trying to gauge the drama happening at the striker’s end.

Darren Sammy’s four for 22 against Kings XI Punjab

It was a must-win game for Kings XI Punjab in order to qualify for the playoffs. Chasing 150 Punjab got off to a decent start. They were 45 for one in seven overs.

Sammy got Shaun Marsh off the first ball of the eighth over. He then had Adam Gilchrist off the very next ball trying to pull a relatively fuller delivery. Sammy was cock-a-hoop. He had his pacifier out and the celebratory jig followed. The West Indian then had the dangerous David Miller in the next over and Hyderabad were the favourites to win the game.

Zaheer Khan’s four for 17 against Chennai Super Kings

In a rain-curtailed match, Bangalore scored 104 in eight overs. Chennai’s run chase was in tatters thanks to Zaheer Khan’s first over. He got the wicket of Michael Hussey and then had Suresh Raina off the very next delivery. He conceded just three runs off his first over.

Zaheer came to bowl the final over and had MS Dhoni caught at deep mid-wicket; Ravindra Jadeja was then out caught and bowled. Bangalore won the game comprehensively by 24 runs and kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive.

Dhawal Kulkarni’s three for 19 against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kulkarni was getting his out-swingers spot on. He first had Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose thick edge flew towards third-man. In his next over he had Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in a span of three deliveries. Bangalore couldn’t keep up with the required run-rate and lost the game by 58 runs.

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)