The 18-day long Champions Trophy treated us with some top notch performances, both from the willow and the cherry. Prior to the start of the tournament, a lot was being said regarding the batting friendly pitches in England and Wales.
Everyone expected the tourney to be a run-fest, however, the bowlers were having none of it and made their presence felt, to such an extent that Hasan Ali was named the Player of the Tournament. The cricket fans witnessed some of the most lethal bowling spells in recent history which changed the course of several matches.
Here we list down the top five bowling performances in the tournament.
#5 Josh Hazlewood vs New Zealand
Though Josh Hazlewood returned with the best figures of the tournament in this particular match, the fact that it ended without any result forced our hands into putting this performance at number five.
After cleaning Martin Guptill out early on, Hazlewood returned to wreak havoc in his third spell. He bagged five of New Zealand’s last six wickets, including the likes of Broom and Neesham and helped restrict the Kiwis from 254/3 to 291 all out.
The 26-year-old returned with figures of 9-0-52-6.
#4 Imran Tahir vs Sri Lanka
The Lankans got off to a good start to their innings (116-2 in 17.1 overs) and were going at a healthy rate chasing 299 for victory against the Proteas. However things took a sharp turn then as AB de Villiers caught Chandimal short of the crease with a direct hit.
Tahir sensed the opportunity to run through the Mathews-less Sri Lankan middle order and that’s what he did exactly. He first trapped Kapugedera in front of the wicket then removed Tharanga in his next spell. Gunaratne and Pradeep were his final two victims, while he ran Lakmal out as well.
His figures from the match, 8.3-0-27-4.
#3 Mark Wood vs Australia
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