Record List : Best Bowling figures in T20 cricket
Ajnatha Mendis holds the record of best bowling in Twenty20 cricket. You get only 4 overs to spell your magic.. quick and conditional cause fast bowlers can't bowl bouncers or too wide outside stumps. no overstepping the popping crease and field restricted!

No surprises, few bowler have taken more than a wicket an over in Twenty20 cricket.

Umar Gul of Pakistan held the record of best figures in T20 international matches but on 8 August 2011, Ajantha Mendis mesmerised Aussies at Pallekele, registering the first 6 wicket haul in shortest version of cricket, and then repeated the feat against Zimbabweans but only this time, he gave away even fewer runs which now is the best figures. Other bowlers to take 5 wickets in T20 matches are Umar Gul of Pakistan, Tim Southee of New Zealand, Nehemiah Odhiambo of Kenya, Ryan McLaren of South Africa and Derren Sammy of West Indies.

Following list is restricted to bowlers who have taken 5 wickets or at least 4 wickets conceding single figure runs in an innings (irrespective of how many overs bowled). With fair amount of extra work, we've also list out the best bowling performances by bowlers of respective country..

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Best Bowling figures in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Bowler (Country) Wkts Ovs Runs Versus Venue Date
Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) 6 4.0 8 Zimbabwe Hambantota 18 Sep 2012
Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) 6 4.0 16 Australia Pallekele 8 Aug 2011
Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 5 3.3 3 New Zealand Chittagong 31 Mar 2014
Umar Gul (Pakistan) 5 2.2 6 South Africa Ceturion 3 Mar 2013
Umar Gul (Pakistan) 5 3.0 6 New Zealand The Oval 13 Jun 2009
Elisas Sunny (Bangladesh) 5 4.0 13 Ireland Belfast 18 Jul 2012
Tim Southee (New Zealand) 5 4.0 18 Pakistan Auckland 26 Dec 2010
Ryan McLaren (South Africa) 5 3.5 19 West Indies North Sound 19 May 2010
Nehemiah Odhiambo (Kenya) 5 4.0 20 Scotland Nairobi 4 Feb 2010
Darren Sammy (West Indies) 5 3.5 26 Zimbabwe Port of Spain 28 Feb 2010
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 5 4.0 31 England Pallekele 1 Oct 2012
Sulieman Benn (West Indies) 4 4.0 6 Zimbabwe Port of Spain 28 Feb 2010
Mark Gillespie (New Zealand) 4 2.5 7 Kenya Durban 12 Sep 2007
Umar Gul (Pakistan) 4 4.0 8 Australia Dubai 7 May 2009
Dale Steyn (South Africa) 4 3.0 9 West Indies P'Elizabeth 16 Dec 2007
Best Bowling by an Indian bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
RP Singh 4 4.0 13 South Africa Durban 20 Sep 2007
Zaheer Khan 4 3.0 19 Ireland Trent Bridge 20 Jun 2009
Ashok Dinda 4 3.0 19 Sri Lanka Pallekele 7 Aug 2012
Best Bowling by an Australian bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Shane Watson 4 4.0 15 England Adelaide 12 Jan 2011
Dirk Nannes 4 4.0 18 Bangladesh Bridgetown 5 May 2010
Stuart Clark 4 4.0 20 Sri Lanka Cape Town 20 Sep 2007
Best Bowling by an England bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Ravi Bopara 4 3.4 10 West Indies The Oval 23 Sep 2011
Paul Collingwood 4 4.0 22 Sri Lanka Southampton 15 Jun 2009
Jade Dernbach 4 3.4 22 India Old Trafford 21 Aug 2011
Best Bowling by a Pakistan bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Umar Gul 5 2.2 6 South Africa Centurion 3 Mar 2013
Umar Gul 5 3.0 6 New Zealand The Oval 13 Jun 2009
Umar Gul 4 4.0 8 Australia Dubai 7 May 2009
Best Bowling by a South African bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Ryan McLaren 5 3.5 19 West Indies Antigua 19 May 2010
Dale Steyn 4 3.0 9 West Indies Port Elizabeth 16 Dec 2007
Wayne Parnell 4 4.0 13 West Indies The Oval 13 Jun 2009
Best Bowling by a New Zealand bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Tim Southee 5 4.0 18 Pakistan Auckland 30 Dec 2010
Mark Gillespie 4 2.5 7 Kenya Durban 12 Sep 2007
Nathan McCullum 4 4.0 16 Pakistan Hamilton 28 Dec 2010
Best Bowling by a Sri Lankan bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Ajantha Mendis 6 4.0 8 Zimbabwe Hambantota 18 Sept 2012
Ajantha Mendis 6 4.0 16 Australia Pallekela 8 Aug 2011
Lasith Malinga 5 4.0 31 England Pallekele 1 Oct 2012
Best Bowling by a West Indies bowler in Twenty20 (T20) cricket matches.
Darren Sammy 5 3.5 26 Zimbabwe Port of Spain 28 Feb 2010
Sulieman Benn 4 4.0 6 Zimbabwe Port of Spain 28 Feb 2010
Sunil Narine 4 4.0 12 New Zealand Lauderhill 1 Jul 2012