Aided by the conditions and the drop-in pitches, some of which have been fast and furious, there have been quite a few impactful bowling spells that have changed the complexion of the match in a really short span of time.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at some of the most impactful bowling performances in the competition so far.
Arshdeep Singh (3/32 vs Pakistan)
Playing his first-ever World Cup match and that too against India’s biggest rivals — Pakistan — 23-year-old Arshdeep Singh showed no signs of nerves and produced a breathtaking spell of new-ball bowling at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 90,000-plus fans.
Making his T20 World Cup debut a memorable one, the left-arm pacer ended up with three wickets and played a key role in deciding the outcome of the match.
Getting rid of Pakistan’s top two batters Babar Azam (golden duck) and Mohammad Rizwan (4) in his first two overs of the match, Arshdeep stunned Pakistan up top in the high-profile contest.
He then later came back and removed big-hitter Asif Ali (2) helping India restrict Pakistan to 159/8 and put up a highly impactful performance against the arch-rivals.
With his pin-point accuracy and movement in-the-air and off-the-pitch, Arshdeep produced one of the finest performances with the new ball ever at the World Cup.
India went on to win the match by 4 wickets.
Taskin Ahmed (4/25 vs Netherlands)
Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed was mighty impressive in the Super 12 clash against Netherlands and was single-handedly responsible for his team’s close 9-run win. The pacer picked up 4 wickets and helped Bangladesh defend a par 144 against a confident Dutch team, who advanced to the Super 12s after producing some excellent performances in the qualifiers.
Wreaking havoc right at the start, Taskin got rid of two top-order batters Vikramjit Singh (golden duck) and Bas de Leede (golden duck) off the first two balls, rattling the Netherlands right at the start of their chase. In the powerplay, Taskin bowled three overs, giving away just 12 runs while picking up a couple of wickets.
As the Dutch recovered and got closer to the finish line courtesy a sensational fightback from Colin Ackermann (62), Taskin came back to bowl the 17th over and got rid of Ackermann and Shariz Ahmad (9) to decisively swing the result in favour of his team.
Tasking was adjudged Player of the Match for his impressive figures of 4-0-25-4 as he helped Bangladesh gain 2 crucial points.
Karthik Meiyappan (3/19 vs Sri Lanka)
United Arab Emirates’ run at this year’s T20 World Cup might have ended after the qualifiers but they managed to produce quite a few surprising performances in the competition against quality international sides.
And one of them was courtesy leggie Karthik Meiyappan whose hat-trick against the Asian champions Sri Lanka lit up the World Cup. Although the hat-trick came in a losing cause, it did make Meiyappan a proud rare record holder as he became only the fifth bowler after Brett Lee (2007), Curtis Campher (2021), Wanindu Hasaranga (2021) and Kagiso Rabada (2021) to claim three wickets off three successive deliveries at the T20 World Cup.
The Meiyappan magic was weaved in the 15th over when he dismissed Bhanuka Rajapaksa (5), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dasun Shanaka (0) off the final three balls of his third over.
Meiyappan’s spell of 4-0-19-3 helped UAE restrict Sri Lanka to 152 for 8. Unfortunately, the UAE batters did not step up to the plate after Meiyappan’s superb outing, as they folded for 73 in the 18th over, losing the match by 79 runs.