The second week of the 2023 World Cup has wrapped up, showcasing remarkable bowling performances, among which Jasprit Bumrah’s 2/19 against Pakistan stood out.
This week witnessed two unexpected outcomes, with Afghanistan defeating England and Netherlands prevailing over South Africa. In such surprising results, bowlers often play a significant role.
Let’s examine the top five remarkable bowling displays from the second week of the 2023 World Cup, including Jasprit Bumrah’s performance against Pakistan.
#1 Lockie Ferguson claimed figures of 3/49 against Bangladesh
Lockie Ferguson arguably had the most impressive performance in the second week, standing out as New Zealand’s key bowler in both matches. He secured three wickets in each game against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
While he only gave away 19 runs against Afghanistan, his two wickets came in the later part of the innings when New Zealand had a firm grip on the match. On the other hand, he made significant contributions by dismissing Tanzid Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, and Shakib Al Hasan for Bangladesh.
#2 Logan van Beek took three wickets for 60 runs against South Africa
Logan van Beek played a significant part in the Netherlands’ remarkable victory against South Africa, a team that had been undefeated in the tournament. Although not particularly economical, the 33-year-old took crucial wickets.
Whenever the Proteas were building a partnership, Dutch captain Scott Edwards entrusted the ball to Logan van Beek. He dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, and Keshav Maharaj, who were the top run-scorers for South Africa on that day.
#3 Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed figures of 3/51 against England
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and his partner in the game, Rashid Khan, orchestrated another significant upset in the second week of the 2023 World Cup, with Afghanistan defeating the defending champions England by a margin of 69 runs.
The 22-year-old not only secured three wickets but also contributed 28 runs from just 16 balls. Rashid Khan was the more economical of the two spinners, with both of them claiming three wickets each.
However, Mujeeb’s dismissals included more crucial batsmen, as he removed Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Chris Woakes, leading his team to their first victory in the 2023 World Cup.
#4 Adam Zampa took four wickets for 47 runs against Sri Lanka
Adam Zampa’s performance in the match against Sri Lanka in Lucknow could be the pivotal moment for Australia in the 2023 World Cup. This victory was crucial for Pat Cummins’ team after suffering defeats in their first two matches.
The leg-spinner skillfully deceived the Sri Lankan batters, securing three LBW dismissals. Captain Kusal Mendis was caught by David Warner off Zampa’s delivery, while Sadeera Samarawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, and Maheesh Theekshana all fell victim to his crafty spin.
#5 Jasprit Bumrah achieved bowling figures of 2/19 against Pakistan
Jasprit Bumrah may not have taken the most wickets on the list, but his two crucial dismissals played a significant role in India’s comprehensive victory over Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup. What’s more, Bumrah’s bowling spell was highly economical.
Rohit Sharma’s decision to reintroduce Bumrah into the attack was well-timed, resulting in the stylish dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan.
Bumrah also accounted for Shadab Khan later on, concluding his spell with remarkable figures of four wickets for a mere 19 runs in seven overs. This was especially noteworthy on a pitch where his fellow Indian pacers were conceding 5-7 runs per over.