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Top 5 Bowling Figures in T20 World Cup History: Records List

Witness the Top 5 Bowling Devastations in T20 World Cup History! From Ajantha Mendis' record-breaking 6/8 to Rangana Herath's match-winning spell, relive these moments of unplayable bowling.

Last updated: 17.05.2024
best bowling spells in T20 world cup history

Each bowler has a craving to score more than 5 Wickets in the T20 World Cup match but only a few did it. Particularly on the off chance that it is the World T20, they enhance and put in their best endeavors to outclass the batsmen with their mysterious performance. 

Here is a list of the 5 Best Bowling Figures in the T20 World Cup history:



Bowling Figures


Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

6/8 vs Zimbabwe (2012)


Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

5/3 vs New Zealand (2014)


Umar Gul (Pakistan)

5/6 vs New Zealand (2009)


Sam Curran (England)

5/10 vs Afghanistan (2022)


Ahsan Malik (Netherlands)

5/19 vs South Africa (2014)


5) Ahsan Malik – 5/19 vs South Africa in 2014

Ahsan Malik is the only Associate nation bowler to feature in this list with a best figure of 5 for 19 against South Africa. His scalps included Graeme Smith, Albie Morkel, David Miller, Dale Steyn and Beruan Hendriks. Netherlands restricted South Africa to just 145 runs. But Netherlands lost the match by just 6 runs.

4) Sam Curran - 5/10 vs Afghanistan in 2022

During the 2022 T20 World Cup, Sam Curran’s impressive spell of 5/10 helped England bundle up Afghanistan on 112 in the crucial Super 12 match. England won the match by 5 wickets.

3) Umar Gul - 5/6 vs New Zealand in 2009

Pakistan’s Umar Gul holds the record for the third best bowling figures and best bowling figures by a fast bowler in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In a 2009 match at The Oval, the former pacer achieved remarkable figures of 5/6, leading Pakistan to dismiss New Zealand for a mere 99 runs. Pakistan comfortably won the match by 6 wickets. He is also one of the highest wicket taking bowlers in T20 World Cup history.

2) Rangana Herath - 5/3 vs New Zealand in 2014

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath spun his way to the second-best bowling figures in T20 World Cup history, taking 5/3 against New Zealand to defend a meager 120 and secure a path to the 2014 T20 World Cup semi-finals. New Zealand got out on just 60 runs, which is the 4th lowest total in t20 world cup history.


1) Ajantha Mendis – 6/8 vs Zimbabwe in 2012

In T20 World Cup history, Ajantha Mendis had the best figure of 6/8 which isn't only the leading T20 World Cup but also the second best bowling figures in T20 Internationals. Sri Lanka batted first and posted a huge total of 183 runs. Zimbabwe began to chase and surrendered to Ajantha Mendis. Ajantha Mendis picked up the (Sibanda, Taylor, Masakadza, Chigumbura, Utseya, Jarvis ) primary 4 batsmen and afterward included 2 more wickets.

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