Bowlers in T20: The Impact Makers

A look at the top impact makers with the ball across all T20 cricket.



3 Highest Impact T20 Domestic Bowling performances (Tournament Context):

These performances are high impact for the timing of the performances – they all came in a knock-out game with the bowler’s team going on to win the tournament – in other words, these are all tournament-defining performances in varying degrees (some semis, some finals).

1) J Ormand, 4-11 in 4 overs v Warwickshire in Nottingham, 2003 – Bowling IMPACT 9.20


In the Twenty20 final of 2003, Surrey medium-pacer Jimmy Ormand destroyed Warwickshire straight up, reducing them to 33-5 of which he took 4 wickets. It knocked the stuffing out of them as they somehow staggered to 115 in about 18 overs. Surrey knocked off the runs in 11 overs, losing just one wicket.

2) MM Mabuza, 5-14 in 4 overs v Northerns (Zimbabwe) in Bulawayo, 2009 – Bowling IMPACT 7.70


In the Metropolitan Bank Twenty20 final in 2009, Westerns first put up a seemingly inadequate 116. Northerns raced to 60-odd for 2 in the 10th over, and looked like they’d finish the match with time to spare. Mbekezeli Mabuza, a remarkably versatile player, came on to bowl off-spin, and changed the match in a matter of minutes by taking 5 wickets in 4 consecutive overs. Despite the presence of Tatenda Taibu (who stayed unbeaten on 28), Northerns could not keep the panic at bay, as they fell short by 4 runs.

3) DE Bollinger, 4-13 in 4 overs v Deccan Chargers in Mumbai, 2010 – Bowling IMPACT 7.48


The 2nd semi-final in IPL 2010 - chasing CSK’s 142, DC have started calmly (conversely, CSK have kept things in control), with 19-0 in 5 overs. Then, Bollinger gets Gilchrist, and DC know their biggest source of magic is gone. Bollinger gets Suman shortly too – and the rest is attrition cricket. Bollinger is impossible to get away – and he finishes with figures that get him the Man-of-the-Match award.

3 Highest Impact T20 Domestic Bowling performances (Match Context):

These memorable performances are only within a match context.

1) JPR Scantlebury-searles, 4-5 in 3 overs v Canada in Bridge Town Barbados, 2011 – Bowling IMPACT 13.52


Barbados play Canada in January 2011 in a Group B game of the Caribbean T20. Barbados make 139-7 in their 20 overs. Javon Searles bowls a surreal second over in the Canada innings, where he gets 3 wickets – it is 3-3. He takes one more shortly, and Canada are 15-5, fight extinguished. The rain comes down shortly and ends the match at 29-5 in 6 overs, where the par D/L score is 63.

2) M Diwakar, 5-6 in 3.1 overs v Tripura in Dhanbad, 2009 – Bowling IMPACT 10.12


In a group match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2009, Tripura batted first and Mihir Diwakar ran through them completely without opposition. In 3.1 overs, he took 5-6 and Tripura were dismissed for the lowest total in T20 cricket – 30. A 10-wicket win took 15 more minutes to achieve. Match over in an hour and five minutes. 

3) JC Maynard 4-9 in 4 overs v St Kitts in Antigua, 2006 – Bowling IMPACT 9.24


Stanford 20/20 tournament match between Nevis and St Kitts in 2006. John Maynard started quietly, giving 5 runs in the first over, no wickets. 1 run in his second. 1 run and two wickets in his third. 3 runs and 2 wickets in the fourth. End of over 7, 29-6 when he finishes his spell. Nevis just about managed 100 still. St Kitts knocked it off in 11 overs, winning by 7 wickets.

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