50 amazing last over finishes in cricket

  1. Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI (D/N), New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka at Hambantota, Nov 12 2013
    20 required of the last over

    The match was reduced to 23 overs due to rain. New Zealand needed 198 runs to win from 23 overs and 24 runs of the last 7 deliveries. Nathan McCullum smashed last ball of the penultimate over for a four. Neesham took a brace of the first ball of last over and then gave strike to McCullum. Needing 17 runs from 4 balls, McCullum smashed next 4 balls for 6,6,4,6 to win it for New Zealand. Rangana Herath was the unlucky bolwer who faced McCullum wrath.
  2. West Indies vs England, Final (N), World T20 at Kolkata, Apr 3 2016
    19 runs needed of last over

    Before this, no team ever has scored this much runs in the last over to win a match. Carlos Brathwaite had some other ideas in his mind as he smashed the first four balls of 20th over for sixes. Such was the striking power of Brathwaite that he would even had scored 36 runs in the last over if required that day. Ben Stokes was the unlucky bowler and this would hunt him all his life.
  3. West indies vs New Zealand, 5th ODI, New Zealand tour of West Indies at Kingstown, Jun 16 2002
    18 required of the last over

    A very few would be aware of this thrilling finish in 2002. This was the time when I had started developing interest in cricket.  Chanderpaul who was known for slow batting smashed four consecutive fours of last four balls to win it for West Indies. West indies chased 291 runs which was also their highest successful chase at that time.

  4. Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I (D/N), Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh at Dhaka, Nov 15 2015
    18 required of the last over

    This chase has to very under estimated since this happened in 2015 and I have not read anywhere about this chase. Chasing a modest total of 136, Zimbabwe were 118-7 at the end of 19th over. Nasir Hossain was given responsibility to bowl the last over. The decision to bowl 29th over by a spinner looked pretty good when he got out Wallet of the first delivery. But Madziva had other plans as he smashed next four balls for 6,2,4,6 and won the match for Zimbabwe.
  5. Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Semi-Final, ICC World Twenty20 at Gros Islet, May 14 2010
    18 required of the last over

    This was the semi-final of the World T-20 2010 and Australia required 192 runs to enter the final. Ajmal was bowling brilliantly and had figures of 1-23 of 3 overs before the final over. Johnson took single of the first ball of 20th over and gave strike to Mike Hussey. Hussey smashed 6,6,4,6 of next 4 balls to win it for Australia. Even through Australia lost the final match, this last over will reamain in our memory forever.
  6. Australia vs England, 4th Match (D/N), Benson & Hedges World Series Cup at Sydney, Jan 22 1987
    18 required of last over

    If we don’t consider the matches in which D/L method was applied, this is the most runs ever hunted in the final over of an ODI.  Allan Lamb brilliant running between wickets and stroke play won the match for England. He smashed 2,4,6,2,4 of the first five deliveries of Bruce Reid and won the match with even a ball to spare.
  7. Australia vs India, 3rd T20I (N), India tour of Australia at Sydney, Jan 31 2016
    17 required of the last over

    India were chasing a huge target of 198 after Shane Watson entertained the Sydney crowd with his first T-20 century.  Andrew Tye was going to bowl the last over and Yuvraj Singh had the strike. He smashed the first two deliveries for a 4 and a six which brought the equation down to 7 of 4 deliveries. He then took a single and gave strike to Raina. Raina took two consecutive brace of next two deliveries. India now required 2 of the last ball. Raina hit the last ball for four and India completed their highest chase in T-20.
  8.  Pakistan v West Indies, 1st ODI (D/N), ODI Series at Abu Dhabi, Nov 12 2008
    17 required of the last over

    Pakistan were chasing a huge target of 295 after Gayle smashed 113 of 105 balls with 5 sixes. They required of 17 of the last over to be bowled by Jerome Taylor. Fawad Alam took single of the first ball and gave strike to Kamran Akmal who then smashed next two deliveries for six. Pakistan now only needed 4 of the last 3 deliveries. Akmal then took 3 runs of the 4 delivery and Alam finished the match with a single of the second last ball.
  9. Afghanistan vs Hong kong, 1st Qualifying Play-off, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Dublin, Jul 21 2015
    16 runs required of the last over

    Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi took the responsibility himself to bowl the last over. He even got a wicket of the first ball which made equation more difficult for the Hong Kong. Babar Hayat hit the next two balls for a four and a six. when 2 was required of the last 2 balls, Tanwar Afzal got run-out. They still required 2 of the last ball. Babar Hayat hit 2 runs of the last ball to win it for Hong Kong.
  10. South Africa vs England, 1st T20I (N), England tour of South Africa at Cape Town, Feb 19 2016
    15 runs required of the last over

    South Africa are not famous for this type of run chase as they generally choke during the crucial moments. South Africa required 21 of the last two overs. Jordan bowled a superb second last over and conceded just 6 runs and took 2 wickets in it. Topley was given the responsibility to bowl the last over. Morris dispatched the 2nd and 3rd delivery for a four and a six.  The match came to the last ball and South Africa required 2 of it. Morris finished it off.

    I will be continuing this topic in my next article where thriller was in terms of defending runs in the last over.


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