Best Bowling Figures Against MI
While memorable batting performances are always remembered by cricket fans, great bowling performances don’t always get the attention they deserve. Mumbai Indians have been on the receiving end of some great bowling performances over the years, as this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Performance against MI matches will illustrate:
Best Bowling Figures Against MI
5. Sunil Narine
Starting off this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Figures Against MI in IPL matches is Kolkata Knight Riders’ West Indian spinner Sunil Narine. Although Narine has run into some trouble regarding his actions and doesn’t bowl much these days, he took 4/15 against Mumbai in an encounter between Mumbai and KKR in 2012.
Batting first, KKR had limped to 140/7 in their 20 overs, opening the door for Mumbai Indians to chase it down. However, Narine spun a web around the Mumbai batsmen and ran through the whole side in conjunction with all the KKR bowlers, who were all among the wickets. Mumbai was eventually bowled out for 108 in 19.1 over, handing Kolkata Knight Riders the improbable 32-run win.
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4. Mohit Sharma
Next on this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Performance against MI in IPL games is Mohit Sharma, who took 4/14 against Mumbai while playing for the CSK in 2014. It was Mumbai who batted first in this one and found themselves restricted to a modest 141/7 in 20 overs thanks to the efforts of Sharma and co.
Rohit Sharma’s 50 was the saving grace for Mumbai, who had looked to be heading for a much lower score. Chennai Super Kings CSK had no such trouble when they came into bat, with Brendon McCullum smashing 71 off 53 balls en route to taking his side to a 7-wicket victory.
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3. Sohail Tanvir
Although Sohail Tanvir held the record for the best bowling figures in the IPL for a long time before Alzarri Joseph broke it, he only makes it to third place on this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Figures Against MI in IPL matches. His effort came in the inaugural season of the IPL as his 4/14 helped his Rajasthan Royals side seal a 5-wicket win. Mumbai looked to be cruising at the start before Tanvir was brought on for a burst in the middle overs.
Four wickets fell for 20 runs as Mumbai collapsed, ending up with just 145/7 in their 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals suffered a similar wobble in their innings before a wonderful knock of 40 from 29 balls from Niraj Patel guided the Rajasthan Royals to victory.
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2. Samuel Badree
West Indians have enjoyed a great time in the IPL, and several IPL franchises play a West Indian as one of their four overseas players without hesitation. Although Samuel Badree isn’t one of the most high-profile imports from the Caribbean, his 4/9 against Mumbai in 2017 while playing for RCB lands him the second spot on this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Performance against MI in IPL matches.
After Royal Challengers Bangalore had put on 142/5 in their 20 overs on the back of 62 from their skipper Virat Kohli, Badree worked his magic in the second right from the word go. Mumbai were 4 down for 7 inside 3 overs and had lost half their side having barely crossed 30. Despite Badree’s superb effort, he was overshadowed by his compatriot Kieron Pollard in this match, as he smashed 70 off 47 balls to take Mumbai to an unbelievable victory.
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1. Rohit Sharma
In a twist of fate that every cricket fan will enjoy, the man who tops this list of bowlers with the Best Bowling Figures Against MI in IPL matches actually happens to be their current captain! Before Rohit Sharma joined up with his local side Mumbai Indians, he played for Deccan Chargers, and it was in their title-winning season in 2009 that he took 4/6 against his current side.
As is the case with all the matches on this list, the team batting first (Deccan Chargers) had put a modest total of 145 on the board in the first innings. Mumbai Indians started strong in the chase, JP Duminy’s half-century giving them a solid platform to launch from. Step forward Rohit Sharma – the part-timer dismissed Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh, and the well-set Duminy off successive deliveries to take a memorable hat-trick, following it up with one more wicket as Deccan Chargers wrapped up a 19-run win.
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