5 best ODI spells by Associate country bowlers
- Rashid Khan's sensational 7/18 does not occupy the top spot in this list.
#4 Alex Cusack - 4/32 against Zimbabwe at Hobart (2015)
Following their enthralling tied encounter in the 2007 edition, Ireland and Zimbabwe gave another World Cup contest to remember during the 2015 edition. The setting was a flat surface at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Riding on Ed Joyce's century and Andy Balbirnie's attacking 97, Ireland amassed 331.
The Irish seamers made optimum use of the new ball and scythed through Zimbabwe's top-order. At 41/3, the run-chase threatened to get over even before it could hit full swing. Captain Brendan Taylor joined hands with Sean Williams to revive the innings. Their remarkable partnership reduced the equation to 110 from 78 balls.
Seamer Alex Cusack, who had removed opener Chamu Chibhabha in his first spell, returned to provide Ireland with a priceless breakthrough. His well-disguised slower delivery accounted for the scalp of centurion Taylor. Asked to defend seven runs from the final over, Cusack's assortment of cutters dismissed Regis Chakabva and the hard-hitting Tawanda Mupariwa. Ireland sneaked home by just five runs.