Bowlers who have defended six or fewer number of runs to win the ODI



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After the advent of T20 cricket, the balance of cricket has shifted massively in the favor of batsmen. Big bats, small boundaries, aggressive mindset and fielding restriction & powerplays; the game of cricket is slowly becoming more of a “batsman’s game”.

These days, scoring 300 runs in an ODI match is no big deal. In fact, chasing 300 has become  a joke. India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma recently said on a Television show that the way batsmen are scoring runs, bowlers will be soon replaced by bowling machines. Although, Ishant said it in a comedy show, he very briefly defined how difficult the game has become for the bowlers in limited-overs cricket.

There was a time when 300 used to be a very big score and teams used to be sure of a win after scoring 300. But now, the game has changed. Forget about the entire team, an individual scores 264 runs in a 50 overs match. In the last 4 years, we have seen 4 double centuries in ODI cricket.

READ: Rohit Sharma becomes the first batsman to score two double hundreds in ODI cricket

In this article, we will have a look at all those occasions where a bowler has defended six or fewer runs in the last over in a One Day International (ODI) match.

The table below contains the occasions when the team defended six or fewer number of runs to win the ODI.

To defend Win by Target Final Total Bowler For Against Venue Year
2 1 194 193 (50) Chris Pringle New Zealand Australia Hobart 1990
2 1 231 230 (50) Glenn Maxwell Australia Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2014
4 2 221 218 (49) Imran Khan Pakistan Australia Sydney 1990
5 1 212 211 (49.2) Manoj Prabhakar India Sri Lanka Colombo 1993
5 4 159 154 (49.1) Chris Cairns New Zealand West Indies Bourda 1996
5 3 196 192 (49.5) Chris Gayle West Indies England Trent Bridge 2000
6 2 250 247 (54.5) Dennis Lillee Australia England Edgbaston 1981
6 3 243 239 (49.4) Stephen Boock New Zealand Zimbabwe Hyderabad 1987
6 1 271 269 (49.5) Steve Waugh Australia India Chepauk 1987
6 1 221 218/9 (49) Curtly Ambrose West Indies Australia SCG 1988
6 2 197 194/9 (50) Winston Davis West Indies India Motera 1988
6 2 196 193/9 (50) Sachin Tendulkar India South Africa Eden Gardens 1993
6 1 204 202/8 (50) Damien Fleming Australia South Africa Bloemfontein 1994
6 5 290 284 (49.1) Sachin Tendulkar India Australia Mohali 1996
6 5 230 224 (49.3) Brett Lee Australia England MCG 2003
6 2 323 320 (49.5) Mick Lewis Australia England Wellington 2005

Interestingly, India’s star batsman Sachin Tendulkar features twice in this list. Recently, Australia’s all-rounder Glen Maxwell defended 2 runs against Pakistan in UAE.

If you have a closer look, the last time a bowler defended six or fewer runs before Glenn Maxwell’s performance in the UAE, was way back in 2005 when Australia’s Mick Lewis defended 6 runs against England in 2005. Australia won that match by 2 runs.

This list isn’t that long and considering the way cricket is played these days, there will not be many more entries in this list.


By The Cricket Lounge

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