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.
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