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Ajmal, Mendis and Badree can leave batsmen in a T20 spin

| 19.03.2014

Lasith Malinga may be the most successful bowler in T20 cricket but when it comes to this year’s WorldT20 event it is the slower bowlers who could leave the world’s best batsmen in a spin. 

Malinga, who has 236 wickets in 175 T20 matches, is the 9/1 favourite with Ladbrokes to finish Top Wicket Taker in the upcoming event but with conditions in Bangladesh conducive to the turning ball there could be more value elsewhere in the market.

Our news team have come up with three spinners who could end the tournament top of the wicket charts…

Sajeed Ajmal, Pakistan

Odds: 10/1

The most successful bowler in the history of Twenty20 internationals, Sajeed Ajmal is set to take the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh by storm.

The Pakistan off-spinner is considered one of the best spinners in world cricket and his haul of 81 wickets from 59 T20 internationals is impressive to say the least.

With a special doosra in his repertoire Ajmal, who is ranked the third best bowler in the world in T20 cricket, has the ability to bamboozle batsmen on spinning wickets on the sub-continent and he has to be strongly considered at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.

Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka

Odds:  12/1

Sri Lanka are rated the world’s best T20 team and the skills of Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis are a key part of the reason for their success in the 20-over game.

It is a certainty that Malinga will be in the wickets again during the tournament but with batsmen knowing what to expect from the 30-year-old, we are looking at the mystery spin of Mendis to provide us with some profit.

The right-arm spinner is the fourth highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals and with matches against South Africa, England and New Zealand – three nations who could be vulnerable to the spinning ball – in the Super 10s, the 29-year-old could have plenty of success with his armoury of spin variations.

Samuel Badree

Odds: 33/1

The West Indian leggie is our outside shout at 33/1 to finish top of the wicket charts in Bangladesh.

While it has not been hard to leave England in a spin in recent months, the leg spinner has been in excellent form with ball in hand with figures of 1/19, 1/16 and 3/17 in three wins against Stuart Broad’s side.

The Trinidad star opened the bowling in all three of those victories and with that plan set to continue for the West Indies in Bangladesh, the 33-year-old, who is rated number two in the T20 bowling rankings behind team-mate Sunil Narine, has every chance of being in the wickets.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew