Top 3 last-ball sixes in T20 history
- The list contains two international cricketers and one domestic wicket-keeper.
It is always great fun to watch with the chasing team winning the game by hitting the last ball of the match over the fence. T20 is more than a decade old and we have seen many last-ball cliffhangers crop up every season.
Although the bowlers have had the upper hand in such situations, there have been instances where the batsmen held their nerve and came out trumps.
Let us look at the top three last-ball sixes in T20 history.:
#3 Azhar Mahmood's heroics in the Natwest T20 Blast (2015)
Former Pakistani all-rounder is a well-known figure in T20 circuit. In a career spanning more than two decades, Azhar has represented more than 10 domestic teams across the globe. Mostly known for his subtle variations with the ball, Azhar has delivered match-winning knocks with the bat as well.
This was during the 2015 season of Natwest T20 Blast, played at the Kia Oval between Gloucestershire and Surrey. Electing to bat first, Gloucestershire put on an above par score of 154/5, with valuable contributions from Hamish Marshall, Peter Handscomb, and wicket-keeper Geraint Jones. Azhar Mahmood had an ordinary outing with the ball with figures of 4-0-32-0.
Surrey's chase was lead by Jason Roy and Kumar Sangakkara. Both got out in their 30s and Surrey were in a spot of bother with 40 runs to get off the last four overs. Mahmood walked into bat with the required run-rate of 10 per over.
Nine runs were required off the last over for Surrey when 20-year-old Craig Miles was handed the ball to defend the runs. The first five balls of the over yielded just three runs, with pressure right back on the batting team, requiring 6 runs off the last ball to win the game.
A back of a length short ball from Miles and Azhar Mahmood swings his bat across his hips and connects it to absolute perfection to take the ball over the deep square leg boundary for a six. The 20-year-old bowler was on his knees and the veteran was ecstatic, so was the 20,000 crowd that turned up at the Oval.