Here we come with our new episode about another interesting fact of Test cricket. This time we will follow up the story of two drawn Test matches. Don’t get worried after hearing that we are going to discuss such boring stuff. Actually, those Test matches have a lot of twists within it.
Well, don’t want to hold you for any longer. Let’s get into the fact strictly.
1st draw with scores level
Zimbabwe Vs England, Bulawayo, 1996
Zimbabwe 1st Innings 376 all out (137.5 overs)
Flower 112 Chris Silverwood 3/63
England 1st Innings 406 all out (151.4 overs)
Nasser Hussain 113 Paul Strang 5/123
Zimbabwe 2nd innings 234 all out (101 overs)
Guy Whittall 56 Phil Tufnell 4/61
England 2nd Innings 204/6 (37 overs)
Nick Knight 96 Paul Strang 2/63
England went to chase down 205 runs in a maximum of 37 overs left for the final day. Heath Streak had 13 runs to defend in the last over which was quite a big ask in those days, even in ODIs.
Here’s the last over’s sketch
1st Ball– Streak bowled way outside leg stump beyond Knight’s reach and earn a vital dot for his team.
2nd Ball– Knight hits hard to the long-on region and somehow manages to run a double.
3rd Ball– Knight hits a huge six over mid-wicket boundary on leg side-ish length delivery while his team needed 11 from 4.
4th Ball- Streak bowled a very much wide-ish delivery outside the off-stump which was beyond Knight’s reach. Controversially, that wasn’t called as a wide.
5th Ball- Knight sliced the ball to the long-off and able to run a double.
Final delivery-England needs 3 from the final delivery; Streak tried a wide yorker on the off side which turned into a low full toss. Knight sliced again and the ball went to the deep cover region, when Grant Flower’s throw came from there, English pair was desperately running for the third run which was never there and Gough got run out and the match finishes as draw on a level score.
2nd draw with scores level
India Vs West Indies, Mumbai, 2011
Toss- West Indies
West Indies 1st Innings 590 all out (184.1 overs)
Darren Bravo 166 Ravichandran Ashwin 5/156
India 1st Innings 482 all out (135.4 overs)
Ravichandran Ashwin 103 Marlon Samuels 3/74
West Indies 2nd innings 134 all out (57.2 overs)
Darren Bravo 48 Ravichandran Ashwin 4/34
India 2nd Innings 242/9 (64 overs)
Virat Kohli 63 Ravi Rampaul 3/56
The possible result was an inanimate draw before Windies 2nd innings collapsed at only 134. India got a target of 243 runs in maximum 64 overs left for the day. India needed only 3 runs from the final over with 2 wickets in hand. Fidel Edwards was the bowler who has to do something extraordinary to restrict India from the victory.
This is what exactly happened in that phenomenal over.
1st Ball- Tale ender Aaron was helpless to handle the pace and bouncer from Edwards.
2nd Ball- The length ball was driven to the short cover area by Aaron for no run.
3rd Ball- Batsman swung so does the ball and missed the leg stump by inches. Though the ball bounced before reaching the keeper, he was sharp enough to protect the bye run.
4th Ball- Aaron manages to get off the strike because of a slight fumble by Samuels at mid-off.
5th Ball- India needed 2 from 2. The ball hits Ashwin’s pad but an inside edge saved him.
Final delivery- Ashwin smashes down to long on and desperately wanted the double but he couldn’t make it. He was run out attempting the second run and West Indies somehow manage to draw the game.
Hey, wasn’t this a very interesting and twisty fact? I am quite sure it was. We will try to inform you guys about those types of facts in the next time as well. Till then check our other articles, hope you will enjoy them too.