Great World Cup Bowling Performances

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Gary Gilmour: 6-14
Australia v England - Semi-final, Headingley, June 18 1975
Called into the side as soon as Australia saw the green and over-watered Headingley wicket that later attracted much criticism, left-arm swing bowler Gilmour wasted little time in ending England's World Cup hopes. The canny seamer dismissed six of the top seven as the hosts slumped to 93 all out and then added 28 not out with the bat as Australia scraped through to the final.

Joel Garner

Joel Garner: 5-38
West Indies v England - Final, Lord's, June 23 1979
Geoff Boycott and Mike Brearley's pedestrian 37-over, 129-run opening stand meant England were always behind the clock as they attmempted to chase down a daunting target of 287. Nevertheless, at 183 for two they were still in contention until the Big Bird began a remarkable spell of five wickets for four runs in 11 balls by bowling Graham Gooch, David Gower and Wayne Larkins in the same over. England were left in tatters and it wasn’t long before West Indies were celebrating a second successive World Cup triumph.

Craig McDermott: 5-45
Australia v Pakistan - Semi-final, Lahore, November 4 1987
McDermott helped Australia tear up the script with a man-of-the-match display as they successfully defended 267. Wasim Akram tried to increase the run-rate after a poor start, but McDermott responded to being hit for six by bowling him with a leg-stump yorker. It was his second victim of the day, and three more followed as he wrapped up the tail.

Allan Lamb, Aamir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed & Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram: 3-49
Pakistan v England - Final, Melbourne, March 25 1992
Neil Fairbrother and Allan Lamb had revived England's World Cup dream after the mesmeric Mushtaq Ahmed had pinned down their top order. But that was all to change as Wasim, who had earlier removed Ian Botham for a duck, returned to break the 72-run fifth-wicket partnership with a stunning delivery that comprehensively accounted for Lamb's off stump. The mercurial left-arm paceman followed up by bowling Chris Lewis in similarly spectacular fashion next ball and England were unable to recover as they slipped to a 22-run defeat.

Shane Warne: 4-29
Australia v South Africa - Semi-final, Edgbaston, June 17 1999
This rollercoaster of a match is ultimately remembered for the farcical run-out that ended South Africa’s hopes of progression after Lance Klusener’s stunning innings had put them on the brink. However, prior to that, Warne had put Australia firmly in control. His 'ball from hell, Mark 2' removed Herschelle Gibbs - and fellow opener Gary Kirsten was bowled next over. Warne proved almost impossible to score off, and his later dismissals of Hansie Cronje and the dangerous Jacques Kallis gave him four of the top five.

Darren Lehmann, Andy Bichel, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting & Adam Gilchrist

Andy Bichel: 7-20
Australia v England - Group match, Port Elizabeth, March 2 2003
If England supporters had forgotten about Gary Gilmour’s heroics some 28 years earlier, their memories were soon jogged by a similarly stunning performance from Bichel. A rapid opening partnership of 66 between Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight got England off to a flier before Bichel wreaked havoc. He finished with 7-20 from 10 overs and then chipped in with a crucial unbeaten 34 as Australia, having slipped to 135 for eight in pursuit of 205, scraped home with two balls to spare.

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