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Top 6 bowling performances in IPL | Best bowling figures in IPL

From Alzarri Joseph's debut brilliance to Anil Kumble's economical spell, here are the top six bowling performances in IPL history.

Last updated: 20.03.2024
Best bowling figures in IPL history

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always experienced strong performances from fine talents in all seasons. There are many batters and bowlers, who have created magic with their performance on the ground. Here is the list of the top six bowling performances in the history of IPL.

IPL has already experienced more than 30 five-wicket hauls, including three memorable six-wicket hauls. From Alzarri Joseph's debut brilliance to Anil Kumble's economical spell, here are the top six bowling performances in IPL history.


Who has the best bowling figures in IPL history

Currently Alzarri Joseph holds the record for best bowling figures in ipl history. In his IPL debut match in 2019, He rattled the middle and lower order of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and picked 6 wickets conceding just 12 runs. With his exceptional bowling, Mumbai Indians successfully defended the total of 137 runs and won the match by 40 runs.

Let's take a look at the 6 best bowling performances in Indian Premier League history:

6. Jasprit Bumrah (5/10):

In the 56th match of IPL 2022, Mumbai Indians (MI) played Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KKR was batting first and Jasprit Bumrah was on a roll that day. He took the wickets of Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson, Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine. In his 4 overs, he took 5 wickets conceding just 10 runs. But despite his five wicket haul, MI lost the match by 52 runs chasing a total of 165. Bumrah was awarded the player of the match for his performance. These are the 6th best bowling figures in IPL history


5. Akash Madhwal (5/5):

It was the Eliminator battle between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2023 when the 29-year-old uncapped Indian right-arm medium-fast bowler Akash Madhwal became the headline with a match-winning bowling performance.

After MI scored a strong first innings total of 182/8 in 20 overs, Madhwal bowled his first over of the match in the second over of the second innings and dismissed the LSG opener Prerak Mankad in that over. Later, in the 10th over of the second innings, Madhwal took the wickets of Ayush Badoni and Nicholas Pooran in two successive deliveries. In his third spell, the right-arm pacer got Ravi Bishnoi and Mohsin Khan’s wickets to bundle out LSG for only 101 runs.

The Player of the Match, Akash Madhwal, ended that game with incredible bowling figures of 3.3-0-5-5. It was also the first five-wicket haul in the IPL Playoffs history.

Highlights: Akash Madhwal 5/5


4. Anil Kumble (5/5):

Anil Kumble has space in every successful bowling record book in cricket history. This Indian legend is in the list of the top five bowling performances in IPL history. Playing for the team Royal Challengers Bangalore, Anil Kumble took 5 wickets for 5 runs against Rajasthan Royals in the 2009 edition. It was the cheapest bowling figures with a five-wicket haul in IPL history. Bangalore was defending a total of 133/8, where Rajasthan Royals were limited to a total of only 58 runs, marking it as one of the lowest totals in IPL

Watch the spell highlights here: Anil Kumble 5/5 in IPL


3. Adam Zampa (6/19):

Adam Zampa was the second bowler and first spinner in the IPL history to record a six-wicket haul. His marvellous bowling for Rising Pune Supergiants against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 is the third-best bowling performance in IPL history. The RPSG leg-spinner took 6 wickets of SRH in a match where SRH were restricted to a total of 137 runs (137/8). But chasing that score, RPSG lost the battle by four runs as they only managed to score 133/8. In the list of top five bowling performances in IPL history, it was the only performance to end in a losing cause.

Highlights of the spell: Adam Zampa (6/19)

2. Sohail Tanvir (6/14):

In the history of IPL, the Pakistan left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir became the first bowler to claim a six-wicket haul. He managed his record-breaking bowling performance of 6 wickets for 14 runs for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the inaugural season (2008). In that match, Tanvir took the wickets of Stephen Fleming, Parthiv Patel, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Albie Morkel, Muthiah Muralidaran and Makhaya Ntini en route to his 6 wickets. That performance from Tanvir helped RR to bundle up CSK for 109 runs, and RR won the match by eight wickets with 34 balls remaining. Sohail Tanvir was named the Player of the Match for his amazing bowling performance.

Full Scorecard of the match: RR vs CSK 

1. Alzarri Joseph (6/12):

Mumbai Indians (MI) posted an under-par score of 136 (136/7) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2019. When Rohit Sharma’s troops walked out on the field, nobody believed that MI even had the thinnest chance of winning the match.

A lean and tall Caribbean lad, Alzarri Joseph, who earned his IPL debut in that game, didn't know that he would turn the game entirely with his historic bowling performance. He rattled the middle and lower order of SRH. The middle-order was untested as the bulk of the runs were scored by the foreign duo at the top, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. MI leggie Rahul Chahar opened up the gates for MI by dismissing Bairstow.

After that, hell broke loose for SRH, courtesy of Joseph's terrific spell of fast bowling. At the end of the match, his figures read 3.4-1-12-6.


Best Bowling Figures in IPL:









Alzarri Joseph





IPL 2019


Sohail Tanvir





IPL 2008


Adam Zampa





IPL 2016


Anil Kumble





IPL 2009


Akash Madhwal





IPL 2023


Jasprit Bumrah





IPL 2022

*Updated till 20th March, 2024

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