Top five bowling spells of CWC22 are following.
Against: South Africa
Ecclestone was among the best bowlers at the tournament. And her 21 wickets put her at the top of the list of the most wickets taken. In the semi-final against South Africa, Ecclestone’s teammate Danni Wyatt was named Player of the Match, but Ecclestone wasn’t far behind. She took six wickets in a mesmerizing spell of spin bowling. First, the England left-armed got Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez, two of the team’s best batters, in the middle overs. She then quickly took care of the rest of the team to make sure England made it to the title match.
At Mount Maunganui, against England, the South African all-rounder got the first five-wicket haul of the tournament with a fantastic spell of seam bowling. Kapp also got rid of a number of essential batters. With the first ball, the South African veteran got rid of Danni Wyatt and Heather Knight. Later, she got rid of Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, and Kate Cross. Kapp also hit a good 32, so it wasn’t a surprise that she was named Player of the Match for her efforts.
Rowe had a great game against Pakistan and got her first five-wicket haul. Rowe may have been a little pricey during this spell—she gave up almost one run per ball—but she did take important wickets, including those of Pakistan’s captain Bismah Maroof and the experienced Nida Dar.
Against: West Indies
At the tournament, eight bowlers each took four wickets, but Dar’s economical spell during the rain-delayed game in Hamilton was the best of those. The game was cut down to 20 overs for each team, and it was Dar’s brilliant spell that helped Pakistan unexpectedly beat the Caribbean team. First, Dar got rid of the dangerous Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle. Then, with the last two balls of her spell, she got rid of Kycia Knight and Chinelle Henry in a row.
Matthews’s spell in Mount Maunganui helped the West Indies win the game because the talented all-arounder ripped through the Bangladesh top order with ease. She got Shamima Sultana LBW in the first over of the run chase. Then, during the middle overs, she got Sharmin Akhter and captain Nigar Sultana out, which kept Bangladesh in check. Late in the game, Matthews clean bowled Fahima Khatun and made sure the West Indies won.
Top five bowling spells of CWC22.