Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

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Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches


10. India Vs Pakistan, Sharjah, (April 18, 1986) : 

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

India and Pakistan fought for “Australia-Asia Cup in Sharjah” , taking ground and off-field rivalry for warm and humid temperatures in the United Arab Emirates. It was a great round performance by India. The team worked hard with their standards and played and bowled well.

But it was a great performance of Pakistani great “Javed Miandad” who scored “116 out of 248”  in the innings of Pakistan, which helped his team win a spectacular victory.

9. England Vs India, Bangalore, (Feb 27, 2011) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

If the data is taken at the face value, some of the best innings were born by the great Sachin Tendulkar. On February 27, 2011, the World Cup game between England and India in Bangalore is the case.

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While batting, India scored a total of “338 runs” on the board, courtesy a “120 runs” by the ‘Little Master’. But under the leadership of “Captain Andrew Strauss” , who scored “158 runs on 145 balls” and played an innings of about “69 runs of Ian Bell” , England replied with all guns blazing . The match ended in a draw.

8. India Vs Australia, Hyderabad, (Nov 5, 2009) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

Australia were the ODI champions but the strength of the Indian team was weak. The Visitors came with the guns blazing in the first innings and made a huge score of “350/4 in 50 overs” – due to the initial stand of “Shawn Marsh and Shane Watson’s 145 runs” .

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However, this small master was Sachin Tendulkar, who scored “175 runs in 141 balls” , while other Indian batsmen supported him. India fell just 3 runs short of the Australian total. The audience enjoyed some of the best performances of Australian and Indian cricketers . 

7. Australia Vs West Indies, Sydney, (Jan 1, 1996) : 

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

Australia played the West Indies in a low-scoring match, which tested the nerves of the batsmen of both the teams. The match schedule was affected by rain It was reduced to “43 overs” on each side. Well-formed West Indies, with “93 runs” from Carl Hooper, managed to score “172 runs” . Australia’s greatest finisher “Michael Bevan” captured the crease. He scored ’78 runs’ to lead his team in the inspirational performance of Grit for the last ball win.

6.West Indies Vs Australia, Lord’s, (June 21, 1975) : 

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

The Cricket World Cup always performs best in each team. There was a similar case in the first edition of the World Cup – which was officially called “Prudential Cup”.

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“Clive Lloyd’s 102 runs” innings led to the West Indies batting first and scored a total of “291 runs” on the board. Flexible Australian did not have to stop with the score; However, his batting heroes “Keith Boyce” and other West Indian bowlers could not have created wonderful bowling.

West Indies won the first World Cup to win the World Cup by defeating Australia by “17 runs” . 

5. India Vs Sri Lanka, Rajkot, (Dec 15, 2009) : 

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

A match can be dubbed a thriller, and can qualify as one of the best of all times, if it goes down to the wire. If the difference between victory and defeat is only of “3 runs” , in a match where both teams have together scored over “800 runs” , it sure deserves a mention.

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The “India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Rajkot in 2009″ was one such encounter. Batting first, India scored “414, courtesy Virender Sehwag’s 146 run knock” . The Sri Lankan batsmen did not lose their nerve and produced such a stunning display of cricketing skills that India seemed to be staring at the jaws of defeat. Fate had other ideas, however, and the visitors were bowled out at “411”.

4. New Zealand Vs Australia, Hamilton, (Feb 20, 2007) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

Trans-Tasman Arc-rivals Australia and New Zealand fought in Hamilton in the third ODI with a high score of Chapel-Hadley Trophy in 2007. The powerful Australian team again proved that they are not the world’s best team by scoring “346 runs/5” in their respective 50 overs.

“Matthew Hayden’s” unbeaten knock of ‘181’ should be credited, especially when no other batsman could have capitalized against  mediocre Kiwi bowling. But it was Kiwi batting that made a mockery of the Aussies.

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“Craig McMillan (117) and Brendon McCullum (86)” won a heroic performance by “1 wicket” by their side.

3. Australia Vs South Africa, Birmingham, (June 17, 1999) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

Australia and South Africa had scores to settle at the World Cup Semi-Final played in Birmingham in 1999, and boy did they. Australia’s total of “213” , courtesy “Steve Waugh’s 56 and Michael Bevan’s 65”, wasn’t a total good enough to defend. But most of the South African batsmen were troubled by some great bowling effort from “Shane Warne” who scalped “four wickets”.

The match ended in a rare draw, and allowed Aussies to advance to the Final on the basis of their tournament record. They went on winning the cup signalling the beginning of an era of cricket history in which Australians ruled the game.

2. India Vs England, Lord’s, (July 13, 2002) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

One of the best one day internationals played at the “Lord’s” was the final of the “NatWest Series” between India and England “in 2002” . Centuries from both “Marcus Trescothick and Nasser Hussain led England to a record 325 for 5” .

But two young Indian batsmen, “Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif”, had lot to prove. Building upon the not-so-great a start from the premier Indian batsmen, the duo helped the Men in Blue chase down the improbable total. Never before had a team chased such a total to win a game at the venue.

1. South Africa Vs Australia, Johannesburg, (March 12, 2006) :

Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches
Top 10 Ever Greatest Cricket Matches

In the official survey by the ICC, on “March 12, 2006” , the greatest ODI match was selected in the South Africa vs Australia match at the “Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg”. And why should not it be? The run celebration in Johannesburg is probably fresh in the mind of those who saw it or watched on TV.

Batting first, the mighty Australian defeated world record “434 by 4 wickets in 50 overs”. Captain Ricky Ponting played “164 runs off 105 balls” and “three half-centuries, a match of Adam Gilchrist, Simon Katich and Michael Hussey” set the match for the match. It appears as if the curtains were down for Protees.

But “Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith, who scored 175 and 90” respectively, South Africa helped break the top team’s score and won the best in the ODI game.

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