Friday, 18 October 2013

Top 5 ODI run chases in cricket history

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1. South Africa vs Australia: South Africa chases 438.

The game was played at Johannesburg on 2006 where Australia batting first scored a brilliant 438 runs losing 4 wickets! Skipper Ricky Ponting scored 164 runs. Many thought its all over for South Africa, but it all changed when Gibbs dominated a stand of 94 in which AB de Villiers scored 14, but the centurion went in the 32nd over when he drove to long-on. That slowed the momentum, but the No 8 Johan van der Wath then hit 35 off 18 balls. Australia surged back dismissing Van der Wath, Telemachus and Hall to reduce South Africa to 433 for 9 with three balls left. Makhaya Ntini nudged Lee for a single, and Boucher hit the next ball to long-on for four to win the match.

2.  India vs Australia: India chases 359

The game was recently played at Jaipur. Australia scored a giant 459 runs. With the presence of Aaron Finch (50), Phil Hughes (83), Shane Watson (59), George Bailey(92) and Glenn Maxwell (53) Australia scored at a brilliant pace where Bailey and Maxwell batted at scoring more than 11 runs in an over.

In return India responded impressively well, openers Rohit Sharma (141 not out) and Shikar Dhawan (95) gave a brilliant start which made Virat Kohli (100 not out in just 52 balls) to take India towards victory in just 43.3 overs.

3. New Zealand vs Australia: New Zealand chases 346

The game was played at Hamilton, Australia on 2007. Opening batsmen Mathew Hyden seemed like a nighmare for NewZealand bowlers and scored 181* runs.Along with him Shane Watson also joined the party and scored a quick 67 runs which ultimately lead Australia to score 346 runs on board.
NewZealand replayed in a brilliant passion where Craig McMillan and Brendon McCullum blasted boundaries all over the stadium. McCullum's unbeaten 86 came from 91 deliveries and Craig McMillan's 117 runs made New Zealand to chase down the hardcore target.

4. New Zealand vs Australia: New Zealand chases 340

This effort came from the Kiwis two days before they successfully chased down 350 against Australia in February 2007. This was the second match of the ODI series with New Zealand having a chance to wrap up the series, being 1-0 up.

Without the presence of Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds, Australia was offered to bat. Captain Michael Hussey lead from the front and promoted himself to number 4 and smashed a fast 105 from 85 balls which made Australia to score 336/4 in 50 overs, giving them a genuine chance to win.

In reply Ross Taylor proved why he was called as the emerging young star in New Zealand cricket and scored 117 runs from 117 balls, which included 16 fours. Ross Taylor was well supported by Craig McMillan and Peter Fulton which made New Zealand to reach the target with 8 balls to spare.

5. Australia vs England: Australia chases 333 runs

The game was played at Sydney on 2011. Jonathan Trott (England ) was impressive with his batting and scored a staggering 137 runs which made England to score a giant total of 333 runs by losing 6 wickets. Many thought Australia had very little chance in winning the game as the pitch changed completely. But Australian batsmen Michael Clarke proved conditions of the pitch doesn't matter to him when he is in a chase! The fellow batsmen scored 82 runs and along with Johnson who also scored 57 runs took Australia towards the victory.

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