List of most expensive bowling spells in Twenty20 cricket

 

Bats are getting broader and bigger but never a ball made which swings or spins more. There has been power play (field restrictions) introduced, bouncers disallowed, flat pitches made but never came in a rule to extend boundary lengths which is getting smaller by the day.

Being a bowler in cricket is getting no easier. On bad days, bowlers look like stupid and on even worse days, they enter following list, consisting most expensive spells bowled in Twenty20 International cricket.

Sanath Jayasuriya : is known more for his explosive batting and marathon career (432 ODIs = the most, till date), is also a mean bowler. a left arm spinner not very many can hit, went for 5 sixes and 3 fours off his 24 balls (4 overs) against Pakistan on 17th September 2007 at Johannesburg. Jayasuriya leads the pack in following list cause he didn't even took a wicket that day, unlike our second runner up below who managed one.

James Anderson : England swing bowler who has sent down several unplayable spells in his 5 year old career (specially in test cricket), had a nightmare on 9 January 2007 at Sydney when arch rivals England and Australia went head to head. Australia batted first, set up a target of 222 in which English boys fell short by 77 runs, only! James Anderson gave away 6 sixes and 4 fours, finished at an economy of 16 runs/over and the only wicket he took, was of Mathew Hayden. Interestingly, it was Anderson's debut T20 match!

Following list : of worst bowling in T20 cricket is limited upto bowlers who have conceeded 55 or more runs in one match.


Most Expensive bowling spell by a bowler in Twenty20 Cricket

 

Bowler (Country)

Runs

Overs

Wkts

Versus

Venue

Date

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

64

4.0

0

Pakistan

Johannesburg

17 Sep 2007

James Anderson (Eng)

64

4.0

1

Australia

Sydney

9 Jan 2007

LN Onyango (Kenya)

61

4.0

0

Sri Lanka

Jo'burg

14 Sep 2007

Sajid Mahmood (Eng)

61

4.0

1

South Africa

Centurion

15 Nov 2009

Stuart Broad (Eng)

60

4.0

0

India

Durban

19 Sep 2007

N Odhiambo (Ken)

57

4.0

1

Sri Lanka

Jo'burg

14 Sep 2007

Joginder Sharma (Ind)

57

4.0

0

England

Durban

19 Sep 2007

Brett Lee (Aus)

56

4.0

1

West Indies

The Oval

6 Jun 2009

Nikita Miller (WI)

56

3.4

2

Australia

Sydney

23 Feb 2010

Farhad Reza (Bng)

55

4.0

2

Pakistan

Nairobi

2 Sep 2007

Md Ashraful (Bng)

55

4.0

1

West Indies

Jo'burg

13 Sep 2007