ODI cricket has produced some thrilling encounters. Whether it is the World Cup matches or bilateral series, one day format has a special place in the hearts of cricket fans. Let's have a look at some of the top tight finishes in ODIs.
England vs New Zealand - World Cup Final 2019
Considered to be one of the best ODI matches of all time, the World Cup 2019 final was full of excitement and drama. England required two runs from the last ball, but it yielded one run, and the match was tied and went to the first-ever world cup super over; the match was eventually won by England by the barest of margins.
Australia vs South Africa – World Cup 1999
This 1999 World Cup match is amongst the most thrilling World Cup finishes. Chasing 214, South Africa were 175 for 6 with five overs remaining when Klusener came to bat. Klusener batted with true grit with support from the South Africa tailenders and got his team to the final over with eight runs needed. South Africa lost at the death as Allan Donald was run out in scarcely believable fashion.
England vs India – NatWest Trophy 2002
Chasing 326 for victory, India were 146 for 5 in the 24th over when the two young guns Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif took charge and brought India back from the jaws of defeat to a winning position.
Australia vs South Africa – Famous 434 Chase
Arguably the greatest run chase, this high-scoring match was unlike any other. South Africa was chasing 434 in 50 overs, Gibbs’ 175 runs off 111 balls brought Proteas on the brink of victory. The score was tied with two balls and last wicket remaining. On strike was Mark Boucher. Boucher hit the winning boundary off Brett Lee to win the match and series for his team.
New Zealand vs South Africa – World Cup 2015
Chasing 298 in a game reduced to 43 overs, New Zealand were struggling at 149 for 4 in 22nd over. However, Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott rescued the black caps. With five runs required off two balls, Elliott hit Dale Steyn for a six. Eden Park, Auckland erupted as New Zealand won and went to their first World Cup final.
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