7 Best slower ball wickets by pacers in International Cricket

7 Best slower ball wickets by pacers in International Cricket

Here are some of the best slower balls delivered by the fast bowlers in International Cricket.

Steve Harmison
Steve Harmison. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

A year ago, Lasith Malinga delivered a perfect yorker on the last ball of the IPL final to seal 4th title for the Mumbai Indians (MI) by a 1-run margin. Rohit Sharma’s plan to deceive Shardul Thakur worked big time for the Mumbai franchise thanks to Malinga’s execution. The slower one has come to the rescue of the fast bowlers on many occasions. Be it during a crunch situation in the death overs of a limited-overs game or during a dry spell on a flat track in Test cricket.

Here are some of the best slower balls delivered by the fast bowlers in International Cricket:

7. Chris Cairns to Chris Read in 1999

New Zealand took on England at the Lord’s in the 2nd game of the 4-match Test series during their 1999 tour of England. The home side were 1-0 up in the series having won the first Test in Birmingham. Chris Cairns played a key role with the ball on the opening day as his 6-wicket haul bundled England out for only 186 despite two of their top three scoring over fifty runs.

Matt Horne’s century ensured New Zealand got a big first-innings lead and won by 9 wickets capitalizing on that. During his 6-wicket haul, Cairns got better of wicketkeeper Chris Read with a brilliant slower ball. His loopy slower one at 110 KMPH deceived Read who ducked at the point of release expecting it to be a bouncer. The delivery went through Read’s legs and hit the middle stump on the full.