Best Bowling Performances of Mitchell Marsh in IPL
Perhaps it is true that a player needs more than orthodox abilities to be successful in the shortest format of the game. Mitchell Marsh can be a very suitable testament to that. The Australian all-rounder has represented three teams in IPL so far. Despite making his debut a decade ago, he has only played 20 games.
Marsh has often been ignored by the owners, but his numbers has always been decent. With 20 wickets at an economy rate of under 8 runs per over and a batting average of nearly 20, Marsh has been satisfactory in the tournament. But he has never been extraordinary, and has fallen back in the list of overseas all-rounders. He has been handed an IPL contract by Sunrisers Hyderabad after 4 years.
Let us have a look at the top 5 bowling performances of Mitchell Marsh in IPL:
5. 2/26 vs Kings XI Punjab (2011)
Marsh made his IPL debut with Deccan Chargers in 2010, but only played 3 games for the now defunct franchise. His first real impression was made in the shirt of another defunct franchise – Pune Warriors India. This mention is from the match between Pune and Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium.
Batting first, Punjab had a poor start as spinner Rahul Sharma enjoyed the form of his life. Marsh joined the wickets column in the 16th over, with Dinesh Karthik being his first victim. Soon after that, he got the wicket of fellow Aussie Ryan Harris. Marsh’s spell helped Pune in their quest to a victory.
4. 2/21 vs Mumbai Indians (2016)
Marsh has been impressive in the competition for two different franchises, but both represented the same city. This mention on our list of top 5 bowling performances of Mitchell Marsh in IPL is from the 2016 season, where Marsh played for Rising Pune Supergiant. Interestingly, even that team is currently defunct.
Bowling first against Mumbai Indians, Pune had a great start. Ishant Sharma dismissed both the openers inside the 4th over. Marsh joined in from the 5th, with the dangerous Hardik Pandya being his first wicket. In the same over, he dismissed Jos Buttler, thereby handing Indians a killer blow. They never managed to recover and the game ended up being completely one-sided.
3. 2/7 vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2013)
This spell is from 2013, which happened to be Marsh’s last season in a Pune Warriors India shirt. Batting first at MCA’s International Stadium, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a great start. After the openers were dismissed by the 7th over, Marsh came into the scene.
His first wicket was the English batter Eoin Morgan. Later on in the innings, he got the better of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. Though handed only two overs, it was enough for Marsh to make a big impact. However, Lakshmipathy Balaji’s spell propelled KKR to the victory.
2. 2/14 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016)
This mention on the list of top 5 bowling performances of Mitchell Marsh in IPL is incidentally against Marsh’s current franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. It happened when the Orange Army met Rising Pune Supergiant at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
Batting first, Hyderabad lost two wickets inside 5th over. Marsh got his first scalp in the 6th over, with Eoin Morgan being the victim yet again. Three overs later, he added to his tally by dismissing Moises Henriques. Marsh also conceded only 14 runs from his 4 overs.
1. 4/25 vs Deccan Chargers (2011)
While the previous mention was an instance of Marsh rattling his future employers, this entry is an example of him giving nightmares to his past employers. Chargers left Marsh on the dugout for majority of the 2010 season, and they understood what they missed when they faced Pune Warriors India next year, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
Batting first, Shikhar Dhawan and Dwaraka Ravi Teja gave Deccan Chargers a fantastic start. The bulls crossed the 50-run mark by the 7th over, without the loss of any wicket. That’s when Marsh came into the picture. His first wicket of the day was Ravi Teja’s. He went quite for some time after that, but came alive again at the death. Marsh took three wickets in the same over, as JP Duminy, Sunny Sohal and Amit Mishra fell prey to his slower deliveries and change of pace. His spell helped Pune restrict DC to 136, which they managed to chase down comfortably.