The Most Incredible Cricket Comebacks: Although we have heard it many times that Cricket is a very unpredictable game most of the times we can predict the outcome of the game after a significant period of time in the match. However] sometimes unpredictable game theory turns out to be reality as the actual outcome of the game was not predicted until the very last moment of the match.
In cricket history, we have seen many close games and some of those matches had incredible comeback stories for the winning team. So, it is very tough to choose between those matches.
Where the hosts Australia were leading that series 1-0 before that game. After electing to bat, England scored 300/8 (50 overs), riding on 106 from Eoin Morgan. In reply, Australia struggled chasing the target from the early stages. Faulkner came out to bat when Australia were struggling at 206/7 in the 35th over. Later, the hosts were in more trouble in the 44th over as they struggled to 244/9 and were 57 runs short of victory in the last six overs.
With the last batsman Clint McKay coming to the crease, Faulkner decided to charge the loose balls and try to keep as much strike as possible. While Faulkner completed his half-century in 41 balls in the 49th over, Australia were 12 runs short of victory before the start of the last over. In the last over, Faulkner hit three fours off the first three balls and remained not out on 47 balls to seal a remarkable one-wicket victory off 47 balls (3 fours and 5 sixes).
It was set to be the great Kumar Sangakkara's final series in Test cricket and it was added motivation for the Lankan Lions to bid farewell to one of their best players in style. Virat Kohli had many plans to spoil Team India and he had made his intentions clear from the first innings itself. India were dominant throughout the game as they found themselves trailing 1–0 in the series.
The next two Tests in Colombo went as planned. India proved too strong for the Sri Lankan team in the rebuilding phase. They won the series 1–2 and showed why they are considered one of the best Test teams in the world.
This was the first match of the three match series. Australia team won the toss and decided to bat first and managed to score 239/8 (50 overs). Their middle-order batsman Michael Hussey (71*) was their only batsman to score runs. In the second innings, Sri Lanka were losing wickets very quickly without any notable partnerships. The visitors were once again struggling at 107/8 in the 26th over. While there was no hope left for Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga provided a remarkable 132-run partnership for the ninth wicket, helping the visitors chase down their dream run as time progressed.
After scoring 56 runs in 48 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes), Malinga failed to confirm the victory as he was run out in the 44th over with the scores tied. On the second ball of the next over, Muttiah Muralitharan successfully hit a boundary to seal the victory. While Sri Lanka won that match by one wicket with 34 balls to spare, player of the match Mathews remained unbeaten on 77 off 84 balls (8 fours and only six).
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat on the wicket and posted a competitive 171 on the back of a brilliant half-century from Dilshan and a quickfire 33 from Jayasuriya.
In reply, India did not get off to a good start and were soon struggling at 115 for seven at the start of the 15th over. Sri Lanka would have fancyed the opportunity, but from there the Pathan brothers snatched the game away from the hosts. Irfan and Yusuf won the match for India with 4 balls to spare. Apart from this, he also picked up 3 wickets for just 57 runs in his combined 8 overs.
Had the Netherlands chased down the target, which at one point looked easy, it could have been a huge upset. Electing to bat, the Proteas lost Quinton de Kock early. Hashim Amla stabilized things for a while but Ahsan Malik was in no mood to give the Dutch team a good start. Due to his excellent figures of 5 for 19 in 4 overs, which is also the third best in the T20 World Cup, South Africa were bundled out for 145 for 9.
The Netherlands got off to a bright start as Lonwabo Tsotsobe scored 33 runs in two overs. Stefan Myberg was dismissed for 80, which the Dutch reached in just 7.5 overs. After that 9 out of 10 teams would have won, but Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn ensured a collapse and the Netherlands lost the match by 6 runs.
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