Top 5 bowling figures in IPL history
- A look at the 5 best bowling performances in the history of the IPL, including Sohail Tanvir's 6-for and Anil Kumble's 5-for.
Till date, the IPL has witnessed 19 five-wicket hauls being taken. Sohail Tanvir of Rajasthan Royals was the first person to take a five-wicket haul in 2008, against Chennai Super Kings. James Faulkner and Jaydev Unadkat are the two players who have taken the most number of five-wicket hauls in the IPL.
While Faulkner took both his five-wicket hauls playing for Rajasthan Royals, Unadkat took one five-wicket haul playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and the other playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.
Players from Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have taken the most number of five-wicket hauls, with three each. IPL 2011 saw the highest number of five-wicket hauls being taken in a single edition of the tournament - four.
On that note, let us take a look at the top 5 bowling performances in the IPL.
#5 Lasith Malinga (MI) 5/13 vs Delhi Daredevils in 2011
Malinga took 5/13 against DD (3.4 Overs, 1 Maiden, Economy 3.54) in 2011. He took the wickets of David Warner, Unmukt Chand, Venugopal Rao, Morne Morkel and Ashok Dinda.
What was incredible about this spell was that 4 out of the 5 batsmen were bowled; the remaining 1 was caught out. Twice in the match, Malinga struck twice in an over.
His spell helped MI restrict Delhi to 95 runs. Mumbai comfortably won that match by 8 wickets, and Malinga was named as the Player of the Match for his efforts.
His bowling figures from this match remained the second best in the 2011 tournament. He was also the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2011 with 28 scalps to his name.