When Pakistan left-arm spinner Imad Wasim claimed 5 for 14 in the first T20 against West Indies at Dubai on Friday, he entered the club of bowlers with the top ten best figures in T20s. His 5 for 14 slots in at number eight in the list. Who else is part of the club? We tell you.
Ajantha Mendis (6 for 8): The Sri Lankan spinner finished with sensational figures of 6 for 8 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota on September 18, 2012. Zimbabwe were chasing 183 in the match, but folded up for 100. Mendis picked up Masakadza, Sibanda, Taylor and Chigumbura before coming back to clean up the tail.
Ajantha Mendis (6 for 16): A year earlier, Mendis was all over the Aussies as well. He finished with 6 for 16 at Pallekele on August 8, 2011. Australia were chasing 158 to win the game, but fell short by 8 runs. Mendis claimed the big wickets of Watson, Warner, Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith as the Aussies collapsed from 71 for no loss to 149 for 9.
Rangana Herath (5 for 3): Another Sri Lankan comes in at number three. Herath was sensational against New Zealand at Chittagong on March 31, 2014, during the World T20. The Kiwis needed only 120 to win, but Herath dismissed McCullum, Taylor and Neesham for ducks, and Ronchi for 2 as New Zealand crumbled to 60 all out.
Umar Gul (5 for 6): The Pakistan fast bowler picked up 5 for 6 in three overs during the World T20 match against New Zealand at London on June 13, 2009. Batting first, the Kiwis were restricted to 99. Gul claimed the big wickets of Scott Styris, Peter McGlashan, Nathan McCullum and James Franklin.
Umar Gul (5 for 6): He claimed the same figures again, against South Africa at Centurion, on March 3, 2013. Pakistan batted first and piled up 195. Gul then got du Plessis, Morris, Ontong and Behardien in quick succession to clean up the Proteas for 100.
Elias Sunny (5 for 13): The Bangladesh bowler claimed the figures against Ireland at Belfast on July 18, 2012. The Asian side first posted 190, and the Sunny got rid of Joyce and Niall O’Brien apart from the tail to keep Ireland down to 119 for 8.
Samiullah Shenwari (5 for 13): The Afghan player finished with the figures against Kenya at Sharjah on November 24, 2013. Afghanistan had only put up 148 batting first, but Shenwari’s excellent bowling held Kenya back. The Kenyans had little idea of how to deal with Shenwari.
Tim Southee (5 for 18): The Kiwi pacer destroyed Pakistan at Auckland on December 26, 2010. Southee dismissed Hafeez, Shehzad, Younis and Umar Akmal to keep Pakistan down to 143. New Zealand chased things down with ease.
Ryan McLaren (5 for 19): The South African pacer picked up a five-for against West Indies at Antigua on May 19, 2010. West Indies were chasing only 137, but McLaren dismissed Gayle, Fletcher, Pollard and Sammy to keep West Indies down.
--By A Cricket Analyst