Sports have time and again taught us many lessons out of which one of the most important learnings is you don’t lose a game until and unless you give up. Fantasy Cricket has seen ups and downs and when it comes to a run chase, the adrenaline levels go up to a notch higher than normal. Virat Kohli is one of the biggest chasers in world cricket who chases huge scores with ease and India has more than 10 times won a game when he has led the charge in a chasing encounter against oppositions.
However, it’s not just one occasion but here on our BalleBaazi Top 5 we will talk about the most memorable run chases in the history of cricket:
- South Africa vs Australia: The Best ODI Ever
Now, it’s been more than one time that we have discussed the memories of this amazing game of cricket. Australia vs South Africa in Johannesburg fought for the series finale and played the most epic game ever the world would have seen. Ricky Ponting chose to bat first and with a blistering 164 helped Australia to put a humongous target of 434 in 50 overs. South Africa not only had to win the game but had to play out of their skins to win this match. Smith(90) & Gibbs(175) along with important contributions from Boucher, Telemachus & van der Wath played the innings of their lives and won the match, won the hearts as they chased the highest total ever posted in ODIs at the time.
- India vs Australia: Rohit & Virat take the Aussies to the Cleaners
How many times have we seen a score of 359 being made in India vs Australia encounters. While India might have lost in most of these, there was one occasion in Jaipur when India played out of their skins to achieve the target with 6 overs to spare. Helped by George Bailey and the Lt. Philip Hughes Australia posted 359 runs on the board. India started with Dhawan & Rohit recording the highest opening partnership between India & Australia matches with 176 runs on the board. After dismissing Shikhar Dhawan for a quickfire 87, Australia would have never known what they got themselves into. Enter Virat Kohli who scored an unbeaten 100 in just 52 balls, the fastest by an Indian alongside another ton from the Hitman. India ended up with 362 for the loss of just 1 wicket, absolute carnage!
- India vs England: VK’s 1st as Captain again as Chaser
Virat took on the captaincy on England’s tour of India and right in the 1st ODI he scored his 27th ODI century while chasing a mammoth target of 350 that England posted in the 1st innings (highest ever vs India). Along with the help of Kedar Jadhav who scored a valiant 120, India recorded an exclusive run chase one of the finest ever decorated with super classy shots by Kohli. The highlight being his short arm backlift to Chris Woakes for a straight six, a shot that is still being talked about.
- The Ashes: Ben Stokes & Leech in Headingley
The number 359 has a special mention when it comes to chases because this is exactly what England had to chase at Leeds last year in the Ashes. This memorable match saw Ben Stokes making the most valiant century ever alongside number 11 Jack Leech who helped England from 287/9 to 362 and a win in the 3rd Ashes Test squaring the series 1-1. Easily, one of the best test matches ever played in the modern era and the most epic chase in a test match that too in an England Australia rivalry!
- The T20 World Cup Final 2016: Remember the Name
The Hero of 2019 once became a villain back in the T20 world cup of 2016. In the finale against West Indies, it was Carlos Braithwaite versus the now hero of England Cricket, Ben Stokes. Stokes conceded 4 huge maximum from Carlos Brathwaite as West Indies lifted the T20 World Cup yet again. Ion Bishop’s words: “Carlos Brathwaite: Remember the Name!” still exclaim in the ears of the cricket fraternity. What a finish to a nail biter.
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