5 memorable last-ball wins in ICC World T20 history
The price of victory is an insurmountable amount of sweat dripping from players’ bodies as they give it their all in order to win. Some wins come easier than others. When a team is in its optimum form, and wrecks the opposition in all three departments, the struggle to win doesn’t even seem to exist.
However, in some games, the players have run over every blade of grass on the ground and yet can’t predict the output of a game before the last ball is bowled. The action and tension is the highest in encounters like these and it is these games that make the sport so intense.
These wins showed the ability of players to stand up and be counted, and gave a glimpse of how they entertained the fans and helped protect their teams, in the same manner as how Castrol Activ’s Actibonds help protect the engine by clinging on and forming a protective coat.
Some of the most extreme last-ball wins in cricket have come in World Cup games. Since the World T20 is ongoing, we have compiled a list of the best last-ball wins in the ICC World T20:
India vs Sri Lanka (2010)
India have won some of the most thrilling last-ball finishes, but this time around, they became the victims of heartbreak. In the 2010 edition of the World Cup, India posted a target of 164 for Sri Lanka to chase in a group match.
Chasing with a required run-rate of over 8 from the word go is always a tricky task. And it became worse for the Lankans when they lost openers Jayawardena and Jayasuriya with just 6 runs on the board.
However, they pulled it back, slowly. Some great knocks from the middle order kept Sri Lanka on the right track, but Kapugedara was the one who played a heroic innings of 37 in 16 balls to take Sri Lanka over the line—and he did so by smacking a six of the last ball of the game when the Lankans needed 3 to win.