Cricket World's Top 5 bowling displays of 2019: Year in review
There's no better visual than a fast bowler running in or a spinner tossing the ball, in a game that is increasingly leaning in favour of the batsmen.
Runs conceded: 60
Economy rate: 2.76
As England toured West Indies in the beginning of the year, they were favourites to win the Test series . When West Indies were dismissed for a mere 89 in their first innings, it further gave strength to the argument. But, to the surprise of many, England were dismissed for just 77 in their second innings.
The visitors pitted against a daunting 600 + total in the last innings, underrated all-rounder Roston Chase came to his own and wreaked havoc through the English batting line up. He picked up as many as 8 wickets from just a bit over 20 overs to ensure that Windies started the series on a winning note, by a handsome 381-run victory.
Runs conceded: 13
Economy rate: 1.44
If England were dismissed for just 77 against West Indies, the innings that helped Tim Murtagh hog the limelight was another such event. The one-off Test between England and Ireland served the dual purpose of providing England with some much-required red-ball practice ahead of Ashes 2019 and help Ireland have another Test under their belt soon after being given full membership.
Tim Murtagh provided the desperately-needed wake-up call for the English batsmen in seaming conditions with a memorable 5-wicket haul at Lord's. All of his wickets came within a matter of just 9 overs, as he skittled out England for just 85. The Middlesex pacer retired from international cricket soon after.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Runs conceded: 35
Economy rate: 3.82
It's that very match which required Pakistan to score 500 or beat Bangladesh by some insane margin to qualify for the semi finals, which practically speaking, was never happening. However, as a standout, it was a great game of cricket for Pakistan, who set Bangladesh a target of 315.
19-year-old pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi made full use of the occasion with a 6-wicket haul, the best figures in this year's ODI World Cup. Afridi showed his full repertoire including swing bowling, bouncers and yorkers. Pakistan may have not qualified for the semi-finals but they certainly returned with a diamond unearthed.
Venue: Leeds, Headingley
Runs conceded: 45
Economy rate: 2.62
After all the hype around Jofra Archer, followed by a super impressive World Cup campaign, the fans were eager to see Archer with the red ball. Once, he got an opportunity to make his Test debut at Lord's due to James Anderson's injury, Archer had an eye-catching outing.
In his very second Test, the pacer showed the world why he had brought all this excitement with him. In less than 20 overs, Archer snaffled six Aussie wickets, including both the openers, to root out Australia for just 179 in the first innings. Had it not been for Archer's bowling effort, Ben Stokes might not have had the opportunity to bring the house down.
Runs conceded: 42
Economy rate: 4.20
India's spin twins had taken the cricket world by storm in 2018 but most of their magical performances had come in home conditions, bar South Africa. It was now time to repeat their feat on foreign soil. And, what better venue to do that then the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In the third ODI of India's 2019 tour of Australia, Chahal bamboozled the Australian middle order to price out a 6-wicket haul. This included his regular variations - the googly and top spinner, but what stood out was his variations in pace. His effort restricted Australia to 230 and ultimately helped India win by 7 wickets, assisted by an MS Dhoni classic.
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