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Top 10: Most Dot Balls by a Bowler in a T20 World Cup Innings

In the shortest format, every ball carries a significant value. While the T20I format is known for its explosive nature, where batters go berserk on every delivery, bowling a dot ball is quite crucial.

Dot balls help build pressure on batters, disrupting their momentum and shifting the course of the match. The T20 World Cup has seen some skilful bowlers strangling the opposition with their dot ball tactics.

In this article, we’ll list the top 10 instances of the most dot balls bowled by bowlers in a T20 World Cup innings.

Most Dot Balls by a Bowler in a T20 World Cup Innings

PlayerDot BallsOvers BowledAgainstVenueYear
Kemar Roach (WI)204.0IrelandProvidence2010
Ajantha Mendis (SL)204.0ZimbabweHambantota2012
Ottniel Baartman (SA)204.0Sri LankaNew York2024
Frank Nsubuga (UGA)204.0Papua New GuineaProvidence2024
Shane Bond (NZ)194.0KenyaDurban2007
RP Singh (IND)194.0South AfricaDurban2007
Charl Langeveldt (SA)194.0AfghanistanBridgetown2010
Graeme Swann (ENG)194.0AfghanistanColombo (RPS)2012
Jeffrey Vandersay (SL)194.0West IndiesBengaluru2016
Akeal Hosein (WI)194.0UgandaProvidence2024

Key Insights

20 dot balls bowled are the joint-most by a bowler in a T20 World Cup innings. Kemar Roach, Ajantha Mendis, and Ottniel Baartman hold the joint record for bowling the most dot balls in an innings.

Among the bowlers listed above, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, and Rangana Herath bowled 2 maiden overs each in their spells. This is the most number of maiden overs delivered in a T20 World Cup innings (minimum 3 overs bowled).

0.85: The bowling economy rate of Rangana Herath against New Zealand in 2014. This is the most economical bowling spell in T20 World Cup history (minimum 3 overs bowled). 

3 runs conceded by Herath in the same match are also the joint fewest in a 3+ over spell. The Sri Lankan spinner conceded just 3 runs in 3.3 overs, bagging a five-wicket haul

6 for 8: The bowling figures of Ajantha Mendis against Zimbabwe are the best in the tournament. And he remains the only one to grab a six-wicket haul in the T20 World Cup.

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