Now to the ultimate episode, climaxing with the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Name it a finale.
Shenwari’s sixes result in Afghanistan’s one-wicket win
The match between two minor cricketing nations, Afghanistan and Scotland, turned out to be an epic encounter.
Scotland began poorly, shedding Eight-144, however Majid Haq and Alasdair Evans added 62 for the ninth wicket to whole 210.
Tall Afghani fast-medium bowler Shapoor Zadran, with an extended run-up and longer hair, captured Four-38 and was supported by medium pacer Dawlat Zadran (Three-29).
Opener Javed Ahmadi began off with a run-a-ball 51 enriched with eight fours however Afghanistan have been quickly 7-97. Nevertheless, they recovered to achieve 9-211 and win with a wicket and three balls to spare.
The participant behind the restoration and victory was man of the match Samiullah Shenwari, who hit 96.
Six-maniac Shenwari belted seven fours and 5 sixes, three of the maximums coming within the 47th over, with the third touchdown close to the Afghan supporters chanting “Mighty, mighty Afghans.”
Boult from the blue as Kiwis win by one wicket
Nineteen wickets fell in solely 55.Three overs, the scheduled 100-over match ending in virtually half that point, however the house crowd of Kiwis have been delighted – a win towards Australia makes them ecstatic.
Australia was swung out, crashing from 1-80 in 13th over to 9-106 within the 22nd and all out for 151 in 32.2. The destroyer of the Aussie fortress was seamer Trent Boult.
New Zealand captain and opening batsman Brendon McCullum performed an aggressive innings of 50 at a run charge of over 200, smashing the 2 Mitchells – Johnson and Starc. In all, he hit seven fours and two sixes. However his dismissal led to a collapse.
Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott fell off successive deliveries from Starc on both facet of the break. New Zealand misplaced three wickets for one run and was Four-79 within the ninth over. Cool and fashionable batsman Kane Williamson propped up the slide.
Corey Anderson attacked lustily, including 52 runs with Williamson and took New Zealand to 131, now solely 21 runs wanted for an upset win. Then the match took an extra twist as three wickets tumbled in successive overs and so they have been 7-145, needing seven runs to win with loads of overs remaining.
Williamson was batting faultlessly however he erred in taking a single within the 23rd over from Starc, exposing the tail-enders Adam Milne and Tim Southee who have been bowled. Properly, Boult left the final two balls from Starc alone.
It got here down to 6 runs to win with solely quantity 11 batsman Boult remaining. Amid ear-splitting appalause, Williamson hit the primary ball from Cummins for a six.
The house crowd exploded, cheering their heroes and booing the Aussies as New Zealand received by one wicket.
Guptill’s ton behind Kiwis’ sixth successive win
Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah was at his prolific finest, smashing an unbeaten 128 runs off 123 deliveries. He added 90 runs for the third wicket with Soumya Sarkar (51) and 78 with Sabbir Rahman (40 off 23) for the sixth wicket.
Bangladesh totalled a aggressive 7-288. Skipper and gradual left-arm orthodox bowler Shakib Al Hasan opened the assault and took Four-55.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill batted confidently and struck 105 runs off 100 balls so as to add 131 runs for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (56 runs).
Later, Corey Anderson hit three fours and three sixes in his 26-ball blitz of 39 runs. Tail-ender Southee smashed a six and a 4 within the 49th over as his staff reached the win goal with three wickets and 7 balls remaining.
Guptill was man of the match in New Zealand’s sixth win in a row.
South Africa chokes
In a rain-interrupted semi-final, South Africa made 5-281 in 43 overs, with Faf du Plessis scoring 82 and AB de Villiers 65 not out. Then got here rains and the match was lowered to 43 overs. David Miller smashed 49 off 18 balls, whereas Corey Anderson took probably the most wickets however was costly.
Chasing a revised goal of 298 runs, New Zealand obtained given a blistering begin, as McCullum scored 59. With 94 runs wanted off 70 deliveries, de Villiers squandered a run-out likelihood, then with solely 14 required off seven balls, Grant Elliott was virtually caught by substitute fielder Farhaan Berhardien however there was a collision and Elliott survived.
Needing 12 runs within the remaining over, Elliott drove the penultimate ball from Dale Steyn over long-on for a six and New Zealand received by 4 wickets to enter a World Cup remaining for the primary time.
One other Aussie victory
Oozing confidence, New Zealand met Australia within the remaining on the Melbourne Cricket Floor and the house facet exacted revenge, profitable by seven wickets as 90,000 Aussie spectators chanted “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; oi, oi, oi!”
It was a convincing victory however not a thriller.
I hope you will have been having fun with my 11-part sequence on World Cup heart-stoppers. These thrillers – spanning 40 years on 5 continents – gave me pleasure to observe both dwell or on tv.
Which is your favorite World Cup cliffhanger, Roarers?