Bowlers have left an indelible mark on the World Cup stage over the years and many such performances have ensured that the equilibrium between the bat and the ball is always maintained.
CricketNDTV.com takes a look at the Top 10 performances with the ball which have yielded great results for the team and which could not have come at a better time.
Shane Warne 4/29 Australia vs South Africa 1999 World Cup
It had to be a tightly contested semi-final and every ball of this match was worth watching. Defending a small total Australia had failed to get early breakthroughs.
In comes Shane Warne and produces two of the deadliest deliveries to clean up the opening duo of Kirsten and Gibbs. Almost immediately he sent back the Protean skipper Hansie Cronje for a duck to put the opponents under great pressure.
But the clincher was yet to come. Warne came back to get the prized wicket of Kallis who was on his way to take South Africa to the final. The game ended in a draw and Australia progressed to the final.
Glenn McGrath 5/14 Australia vs West Indies 1999 World Cup
At the peak of his powers, Glenn Mcgrath produced one of the finest spells of seam bowling under friendly English conditions at the Old Trafford.
With both the teams needing a win to move into the Super Six stage, Mcgrath ensured that the contest would be over in the first 50 overs itself as he picked up 5 precious wickets. West Indies were all out for 110 and booted out of the World Cup.
Andy Bichel 7/20 Australia vs England, 2003 World Cup
English openers Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick had given early hope to their fans as they could achieve what no one else could in the tournament till then - get through the initial burst from the express Lee and ever consistent McGrath. And they did it with some flamboyance by scoring at will.
In came Andy Bichel as first change and even before England could realise what had happened, he ripped through the entire order to finish with then World Cup record figures of 7/20.
WW Davis 7/51, West Indies vs Australia 1983 World Cup
Brought into the West Indian line-up as one of the replacements for the injured Garner and Marshall, Davis ended up with figures of 7-51 stood as a World Cup record for two decades.
Gary Gilmour Australia vs England 1975 World Cup
Swinging the ball both ways with perfectly directed yorkers at his disposal, Gary Gilmour was all but comfortable for the English batsmen as he single-handedly guided Australia into the finals of the inaugural World Cup by finishing with figures of 6/14.
Shaun Pollock 5/36 South Africa vs Australia 2003 World Cup
Shaun Pollock was to South Africa what McGrath was to Australia. His impeccable accuracy made it very difficult for batsmen to get him away and the pressure of the same meant that Pollock got under the skins of the Australian batsmen to to produce a fine spell of medium-pace bowling.
Ashish Nehra 6/23 India vs England
The spell which led to his discovery. India had scored a respectable total and the bowlers had started tightly. The lanky pacer, who bowled as first change got the ball to swing away from the right handers at great pace inducing the edge on way. Nehra demolished England and announced himself at the world stage.
Joel Garner 5/38 West Indies vs England 1979 World Cup Final
England's dream to win the World Cup on home soil was thwarted for the second time. After Viv Richards and Collis King had helped the holders put up a big total, it was left to the 'Big Bird' to steamroll the hosts. His toe crushing yorkers from above 7 feet were too much even for the likes of Gooch, Boycott and Gower.
Collins Obuya 5/24 Kenya vs Sri Lanka 2003 World Cup
Kenya needed to win this match in order to progress to the Super Six stage with enough number of points to try and make the grade for the semis. With a total of 210 on board, they had their task cut out against a Lanka batting line-up that boasted names like Aravinda de Silva, Jayasuriya and Jayawardene.
Collins Obuya weaved a spinning web as he dismissed the entire top and middle order to lead the minnows to an emphatic 53-run win.
Craig McDermott 5/44 Australia vs Pakistan 1987 World Cup
Playing in the backdrop of a capacity crowd at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium in the semi-final of the '87 event, Australia were always the underdogs. But McDermott's burst ensured that Pakistan could not chase down the target of 268 which once looked gettable.
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