Sixes In The Last Delivery:
Last ball six of the final of the tri-nations Nidahas Trophy on 18th March, is nothing but a nightmare and horrible experience for the Bangladeshis fans all over the world. Maybe the Nidahas Trophy will be the name of a great regret for this generation of Bangladeshi fans. But on the contrary, this is still a joyous occasion for the Indian fans. Also, pretty much enjoyable for the Sri Lankan’s who turn themselves into the Indian side for that particular day. This is the glory of the game of cricket. Here nothing ends until the end.
Today, we will talk about five incidents of international cricket, where the last ball of the match went for six and became the decider of the match. With those incidents, one team went burst in wild celebration of joy and the other team left the field with frustration and tears.
Javed Miandad vs Chetan Sharma (Pakistan-India, Sharjah, 1986)
In 1986, the world first witnessed the final ball six resulted in a match in the shorter version of cricket. That happened in the final of the Australasia Cup in Sharjah. Pakistan went down for a chase of 246 runs, which has to be a record run chase at that time. While Chetan Sharma was bowling the last ball of final over, Pakistani great Javed Miandad somehow reached the striking end not being run out. The equation was 4 runs from the last delivery. Then Chetan tried a yorker and bowled a low full toss. Miandad sailed that over the long on fielder for a six and a 3 wickets victory with an epic 116 runs innings.
Lance Klusener vs. Dion Nash (South Africa-New Zealand, Napier, 1999)
In 1999, New Zealand hosted the South African team. The hosts were in a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. In the fourth match, when Klusener went to the crease, South Africa needed 37 runs in 24 balls. Dion Nash came to bowl the final over of the match. Then Klusner smashed the final delivery out of the park and leveled the series. In that case, they needed 4 from that final delivery as well
Brendan Taylor vs Mashrafe Mortaza (Zimbabwe-Bangladesh, Harare, 2006)
Sorry to remind you guys another nightmare of our cricketing history. That horrible incident happened 12 years ago. To get chased down 237, Zimbabwe turned to 154-7 at one time. But when Zimbabwe needed 5 runs in the very last ball of the final over bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza, Brendan Taylor put on a big stride with a six over the long on and took a 2-1 lead in the series. The positive thing has Bangladesh had their first ever ODI hat-trick by Sahadat Hossain in that same match.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul vs. Chaminda Vaas (West Indies-Sri Lanka, Port of Spain, 2008)
There was no doubt that Shivnarine Chanderpaul was an extraordinary classical batsman. But someone could not even imagine what he did in the 1st ODI of Sri Lanka’s 2008 tour of West Indies. Chaminda Vaas bowled the final over of the match where W.Indies was chasing the target of 236 runs. Chanderpaul needed 10 from last 2 deliveries because Vaas went for just 1 run his first four deliveries. Right then, Chanderpaul hit the 5th ball for a boundary and next one for a six over Mahela Jayawardene’s head. West Indies won the match by a marginal victory of 1 wicket. More interestingly, Chaminda Vaas went for only 19 runs in his earlier 9 overs!
Dinesh Karthik vs. Soumya Sarkar (India-Bangladesh, Premadasa, 2018)
Bangladesh has given the target of 167 runs in the most recent T20 final clash against India. At the end of the 18th over of India’s run chase, the equation was 34 runs from 12 balls, Match was in favor of Bangladesh. Right then Dinesh karthik came and react in no times with his 29 of 9. Though Soumya Sarkar wasn’t a regular bowler for his side, he kept his nerve for the first 5 deliveries by giving away only 7 runs. But karthik smashed the last one for a calculated six and snatch the tri-nation trophy too.
Although, Mahmudullah ’s six before the last ball against Sri Lanka took Bangladesh to the final. We couldn’t include that here because there was another delivery left in the match. But his innings is also a great contribution to the game of cricket. Actually, at the end of the day cricket is a game. So, let’s enjoy the thrilling beauty of the cricket without being upset.