Top 10 Most Sensational Run Chases in Cricketing History

    Sometimes the straightest of the games. But often, the most uncertain of them all. Whatever it might be, cricket never has a dull moment during a game. Sweaty palms. Palpitating hearts. Superstitions galore. We have all been there done that, haven’t we? Our heart literally pops out while watching a cliff-hanger of a match which takes one unexpected turn after another and is more difficult to keep track of than a Christopher Nolan movie. We have tried our best to come up with what we think are the top 10 run chases in the history of the game!



    10India V/s Australia – 1998

    Coca cola Cup was played at Sharjah in 1998. It was a tri-nation championship featuring India, Australia and New Zealand. India had not managed to win a single match against Australia during the league matches and going into the penultimate match they needed to score at least 254 runs to get past New Zealand in the run rate and qualify for the final. India managed to do that owing to the swashbuckling display of batting from the Little Magician, Sachin Tendulkar. With his 143 off 131 balls in the sweltering heat of Sharjah, he had little time to recover for the match which was due to be played the day after next. But, he was ready!

    The Final doesn’t have a pulsating run chase but it does have the inning which will be remembered for long. This inning went a long way in cementing Sachin’s place amongst the greatest to have graces a cricket field. Having won the toss, India put Australia in to bat first and were instantly redeemed for the decision. Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Tom Moody were quickly back in the stand with Australia on 26 in 6 overs. Bevan then had 2 substantial partnerships, first with Gilchrist for 59 runs and then with Steve Waugh for 36 runs before he was run out. Waugh and Lehmann then combined together to build up a partnership of 103 runs before Waugh was snapped up by Kanitkar in the 43rd over. Australia was able to post 272 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

    Indian openers seemed in fine form with both Tendulkar and Ganguly timing the ball well before Ganguly departed with India on 39 in the 9th over. Tendulkar continued to build stands with Mongia and then Azharuddin who chipped in with a useful 58 off 64 balls. Tendulkar departed to a leg before wicket decision to a Ksaprowicz delivery after hitting all the bowlers to each and every corner of the ground. He scored 134 off 131 balls with 3 huge sixes and 12 fours. When Azharuddin departed in the 47th over, India needed only 12 runs off 3 overs. Jadeja and Kanitkar made sure that India romped home comfortably. Whilst this match didn’t have a nail biting finish, it had a gem of an inning from the greatest batsman the world has ever seen, Sachin Tendulkar.



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