6 instances when batsmen hit a crucial six off the last ball
- Revisiting some breathtaking finishes where a last-ball maximum decided the result of the game.
The saga of Dinesh Karthik echoed in R Premadasa Stadium Colombo on Sunday, when he connected the last delivery of Soumya Sarkar to bury the ball in the stands with a six and etched an Indian victory that would be cherished for long.
When Dinesh Karthik came in to bat at No. 7, India needed 34 in two overs to win the game. He ended up scoring 29 in eight deliveries and his knock included a last-ball six, which was hit when India needed five runs to win the tournament.
Following the lead from this clash, let’s have a look at more such instances in international cricket where the batsman stunned the bowler with a six-off the last ball and hit the match-winning shot to earn a victory for his side:
#6 Javed Miandad - India vs Pakistan, 1986
Whenever India and Pakistan come up against each other on the cricketing field, an emotional upheaval is evident in the assembled crowd.
While chasing 246 in Sharjah to claim victory in the Austral-Asia Cup, Pakistan were already nine down when Tauseed Ahmed joined Javed Miandad in the middle. The batting side needed four runs off the last ball to clinch the game.
Chetan Sharma bowled a full toss and Miandad hit it over the square leg for a shot that went for a six. The crowd erupted to celebrate the Pakistani victory and the effect of that six was seen in the following matches between the two nations for many years to come.
India vs Pakistan will always a head-turner in the sport.