Twenty20 has come to be known as something of a batsman's game. Big bats and small boundaries mean that bowling in this format is no easy task. Bowling at the end of a T20 innings, the death overs, is even harder.
Death bowling is now a fine and crucial art in T20 cricket. Death bowlers must be able to keep the batsman guessing through a variety of yorkers, slower balls, bouncers and slower-ball bouncers.
The yorker, however, is the staple of any death bowler's armoury. A good yorker prevents the batsman from managing to get under the ball, taking sixes out of the game. Miss yorker length by a touch and you have served up a half-volley and risk being dispatched out of the ground.
For this reason, death bowlers require both tremendous skill but also the ability to execute these skills under pressure. The following top five IPL death bowlers boast all these assets.
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