9Shahid Afridi V/s West Indies – 2013
Now that is one name that you would not expect to find in an exclusive list about the best bowling spells. But it is hard to keep Shahid Afridi out of any list and he makes his appearance here. Having started as a fast bowler, ‘Boom boom’ Afridi had to take up spin bowling as he was told that he was throwing. He considers himself to be a better bowler than a batsman and modelled his bowling around the bowling of Abdul Qadir. He majorly deals in leg spinners bowled with subtle change of pace.
In 2013, Pakistan embarked on a tour of West Indies. They were there to play 5 ODIs and 2 T20s. The West Indians were beleaguered with internal politics and were not having a great season. Albeit of that, they had managed to put up a strong team featuring the swashbuckling Chris Gayle, the all-rounder and the captain Dwayne Bravo and the fast bowler Holder. Though the West Indian teams did not have anyone in the league of the greats Walsh, Ambrose, Marshall they still were a force to reckon with. West Indies won the toss for the 1st ODI at Guyana and opted to bat first. They did not get off to a great start as they found themselves at 23/4 with 10 overs bowled. Umar akmal tried his best to steady the inning but he too was dismissed for 19 leaving Pakistan at 23/4. Pakistan were now 47/5 off 20 overs. Misbah and Shahid Afridi were the last recognized pair of batsmen and they delivered. Both of them hit half centuries with Afridi finishing off at 76 off 55 balls while Misbah took 121 deliveries for his 52. Pakistan could manage 224 for 9 wickets off 50 overs.