Arul Suppiah sets Twenty20 bowling record
Malaysian international Arul Suppiah has tonight taken six wickets for just five runs in Somerset's Twenty20 Cup match against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, setting a world record for the shortest form of the game.
On a pitch that was taking spin from the outset, with Somerset opening with Indian international left arm spinner Murali Kartik, Suppiah came on to bowl the 12th over after the Kartik and leg-spinner Max Waller had taken the first four wickets to fall.
From the penultimate ball of his first over he had Chris Cooke caught by Waller and had Jim Allenby and James Harris caught in his second over. In his third over, he took the wickets of two former England internationals, having Robert Croft caught by Marcus Trescothick and bowling Simon Jones.
Four balls into his final over he had Alex Jones stumped and wrote his name into the record books. Glamorgan had collapsed from 72-4 to 98 all out. Suppiah wasn't required to bat in the Somerset run chase as his team won by five wickets with 3.3 overs to spare.
Suppiah passed Sohail Tanvir's 6-14 for the Rajasthan Royals against the Chennai Super Kings in the first season of the IPL in 2008. The previous best by an associate player was Nehemiah Odhiambo's 5-20 for Kenya against Scotland in February 2010.
Suppiah also has a place in the Malaysian record books as the youngest player ever to play for the country, making his international debut in the annual Saudara Cup three-day match against Singapore in 1999 aged just 15. He took a hat-trick in the second innings of the match, the only time this has happened in the history of the fixture.
He had begun to attend Millfield School the previous year, and it was whilst playing for their team that he first caught the eye of Somerset, and he made his debut for the first team in a first-class match against West Indies A. He has become a key member of the side in recent seasons and made 1201 first-class runs in the 2009 county season.
This has meant that his availability for Malaysia has decreased and he hasn't played for the side since the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup. Malaysia will no doubt be hoping he'll be available for this years tournament in December in Nepal, especially if he can bring this sort of form with him.