While Twenty20 cricket is known for big hits and special shots, never forget the importance of bowlers. Wickets win matches and dot balls squeeze a team to victory. Here are three of the Hero Caribbean Premier League's outstanding bowling performances from 2017.
Sohail Tanvir 5 for 3 v Barbados Tridents
There are games where a bowler just gets it all to click, and this was definitely one of those times. The Guyana Amazon Warriors batted first in Barbados and made a reasonable, if unspectacular, 158 for eight from their 20 overs. The Tridents desperately needed to win to stay in contention and their chase got off to the worst possible start – thanks to Sohail.
The last ball of the first over brought Sohail’s first wicket when a ball that went across Kane Williamson brought an edge. Dwayne Smith was given out in the next over when the umpire adjudged that he had edged the ball through to the keeper – although the batsman was far from convinced.
Perhaps the best ball was the one that dismissed Eoin Morgan: a brilliant delivery that swung back into the left-hander and pinned him lbw. The Tridents were bowled out for 59 and their chances of progressing further in the tournament were effectively over.
Mohammad Sami 4 for 12 v Barbados Tridents
Right back at the beginning of the 2017 Hero CPL there were matches played in Lauderhill, Florida. The Tridents took on the Jamaica Tallawahs and Mohammad Sami claimed four vital wickets to seal a win for his team.
The Tallawahs batted first and made 154 for five thanks to 60 from Andre McCarthy and 44 from Shakib al Hasan. Chasing 155 to win the Tridents made a decent start but had lost three wickets in the first 10 overs. From there Mohammad Sami took over and bowled brilliantly in his second spell, claiming four wickets including Kieron Pollard who top scored with 62.
Sami didn’t concede a single boundary in his four overs and went for just 12 runs.
Shane Shillingford 4 for 22 v Trinbago Knight Riders
Shane Shillingford was the star of the show when the St Lucia Stars took on the Trinbago Knight Riders at the Queens Park Oval. The Stars had batted first and made a sub-par 118 for nine and they needed a really special bowling performance, and Shillingford did his best.
The Stars never had enough runs to win but Shillingford bowled brilliantly as he claimed four wickets in his four overs that also included a maiden. His spell had brilliant changes of pace with the best example being the quicker ball that bowled Denesh Ramdin.