Top Four Bowlers to Watch out for in Semi-finals of T20 World Cup

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T20 World Cup Top Bowlers

Due to the dryness of the clay and dirt of the tracks, the Australian wickets have a naturally firm surface. Australian tracks include more clay than pitches in England. Nearly all of the pitches used in Oz have a clay content of over 50%. Let us look at T20 World Cup Top Bowlers here in detail.

The cricket ball spends less time in touch with the pitch and gains some extra speed as soon as it pitches on the wicket in Australia because of the higher clay content and less soil in the pitches there. Most significantly, the ball adds additional bounce to the track. Making Australia a center of pace and bounce.

Current Highest Wicket Taker

The T20 World Cup’s top wicket-taker thus far is Wanindu Hasaranga. The leg spinner finished the tournament with 15 wickets as Sri Lanka was defeated by England in their last Super 12 game thanks to two more dismissals from himself.

But here we will discuss regarding the top four bowlers who can be a serious threat to opponents;

Fourth Lockie Ferguson

Lockie Ferguson is a right-arm fast bowler who can swing the bowl both ways. The Australian pitches always favour the bowlers like Lockie and this New Zealand team gives him the extra cushion to rely on. He is not been consistent in recent times but his ability to take wickets in key games is what makes him the special bowler for the New Zealand team.

In the 5 matches played in the T20 World Cup group stages, Lockie has picked up 7 wickets with a bowling average of 20+. He is a major weapon for New Zealand in the two remaining games of the T20 World Cup. That’s why he is a serious threat to the opponents as New Zealand will face Pakistan in the first Semi-finals and if they beat Pakistan they will face England/ India in the finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Third Mark Wood

England’s Firery pacer Mark Wood has been in good touch with the ball picking up wickets at regular matches. In the five matches played so far in the tournament he has picked up nine wickets conceding 133 runs. Mark Wood maintained a bowling average of 12 in the four matches he has played so far.

His best figures came when he played against Ireland and Sri Lanka where he picked up three wickets in those matches. Mark Wood is well aware of the Australian conditions and his height advantage gives him the room to use the Australian bounce to his favour. England facing India in the second semi-finals Mark Wood will be a serious threat to India.

Second Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan’s baby face pacer Shaheen Afridi is coming back from a knee injury and looks to be in good touch so far for the Pakistan side. Afridi did not start the Campaign as he would like but came back to form from the third match of the group stages. Shaheen Afridi has picked up 8 wickets so far in the competition. And he looks to be back in form with the recent performances.

He has picked up four wickets against Bangladesh and three wickets against South Africa contributing to the victory of Pakistan in the World Cup to qualify for the semi-finals. In this edition of the T20 World Cup Shaheen has maintained a bowling average of 14.75 in five matches. Leading up to the first semi-finals against New Zealand he will be a serious threat to the New Zealand batsman in the semi-finals.

First Arshdeep Singh

The Indian Fast Bowler who has been on great form with the ball where he picking up 10 wickets in the five matches of the super 12 group stages of the T20 World Cup. In his first match against Pakistan he picked up 3 wickets for 32 runs, in the second match he picked up 2/37 against the Netherlands, in his third match against South Africa he picked up 2/25, against Bangladesh he picked up 2/38 and in the last match of the group stage against Zimbabwe he picked up 1 wicket for 9 runs.

In these five matches he has played so far he has a bowling average of 14.10. The way in which he is bowling the first 2 two overs is simply amazing. He is using the Australian pitches to his advantage and bowling according to the conditions. That’s why he is a serious threat to the England side in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup.

These are the top bowlers who can be match winners for their teams in the upcoming T20 World Cup Semi-finals and Finals in Australia.

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