Alzarri Joseph is one of the finest T20 bowlers in the world. The Antigua-born cricketer is a bowling all-rounder and bats lower down the order as well. He was part of the U-19 team of the West Indies which won the World Cup in 2015 defeating India in the final. He picked up 13 wickets from six matches and finished as his team’s leading wicket-taker and third-highest in the tournament. In the very next year, he was selected for the Test side against India and made his debut in the third Test match of the series.
The pacer was picked by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the year 2019 as a replacement for New Zealand pacer Adam Milne. The pacer shined on his debut against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Since then the 26-year-old pacer has developed his skills and abilities towards the game of cricket. The bowler will turn 27 on Monday and we will look at his top three bowling spells of Joseph in the IPL.
Here are the top three bowling spells of Joseph in the IPL:
3. 28/2 vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2023
The Gujarat Titans batting first posted a total of 204 runs in their 20 overs. With Sai Sudharshan and Vijay Shankar scoring half-centuries. The latter scored 63 runs off 24 balls and smashed 5 sixes and four fours. The former scored 53 runs and Shankar was unbeaten till the end.
In response, KKR got off to a decent start and their skipper Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer were set on the crease, the Windies bowler picked the wickets of both the batters in two consecutive overs of his spell and turned the match around to his side and gave 28 runs finishing the four-over spell. In the end, a miracle by Rinku Singh who hit 5 sixes in the last over against Yash Dayal took KKR home.
2. 3/15 vs Chennai Super Kings, 2022
In the group stage match of IPL 2022, five-time champions CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. But a superb bowling display from Gujarat Titans prevented them from scoring only 133/5 in their 20 overs. Mohammed Shami picked two wickets. But Alzarri Joseph also picked up one wicket and was economical in his three overs giving away just 15 runs.
GT won the match by seven wickets with Wriddhiman Saha scoring 67 runs and was unbeaten till the end alongside David Miller who scored 15 runs off 20 balls.
1. 6/12 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2019
Alzarri Joseph made his debut against SRH and bowled brilliantly on his debut. In his first over he picked up the wicket of David Warner and as well bowled a maiden over as he became the second player to take a five-wicket haul on debut after Andrew Tye. He broke the record of Sohail Tanvir as well.
The bowler eventually picked 6 wickets in his four-over spell and dismissed Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul and was also named the man of the match as SRH was bundled out for 96 runs.
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