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5 greatest fourth innings knocks where teams won by one wicket

Deepak Panda
ANALYST
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#4 Brian Lara (153*) vs Australia (Barbados, 1999)

The 153* by Lara is still considered one of the greatest fourth innings knocks in a winning cause
The 153* by Lara is still considered one of the greatest fourth innings knocks in a winning cause

The innings which is the most comparable to Perera's knock is the one by Brian Lara against Australia at Barbados. Coincidentally, Lara also scored an unbeaten 153 to seal a one-wicket win for the West Indies.

Chasing a target of 308, West Indies were 78/3 when Lara walked in. Shane Warne, Stuart MacGill, Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath were there to make sure Australia take home the game, but Lara had other plans.

Lara added 133 runs with Jimmy Adams after the wicket of Carl Hopper, lifting West Indies from 105/5. Adams scored a gritty 38 before getting out. Curtly Ambrose held one end, battling out 39 balls as Lara took his side closer to the target.

Finally, with 4 needed to win and Courtney Walsh at the other end, Lara hit his trademark cover drive off Gillespie and scripted a historic win.

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