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    Best ending to a game

    Apart from recently in Sri Lanka I can't remember Australia winning a close test but what's been the most amazing, stylish finish to a game. Yesterday we had 3 wickets to take, 20 runs and we had to bat again and about half an hour left. The two batsmen had been in for a while and we felt as if we wouldn't get the outright. Just as it feels as if all hope is lost, a bowling change, the new bowler takes a hat-trick and wins us the game!
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    World Cup 1999 semi-final - Australia v South Africa.
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    Although many South Africans would be bitter about this, I thought the SL-SA world Cup ODI game was one of the best tight finishes to a game just as SA-Aus World Cup ODI game in 1999 !!

    You had to feel sorry for South africans though as hosts to be bundled out of their own tournament due to a comical bungling of the required runs was both funny and sad !!

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    New Zealand vs Pakistan at Wellington, where Razzaq brought Pakistan back from a near impossible postition only for the Pakistanis to lose their cool in the last two overs.

    New Zealand vs India in the second Eden Park ODI, with the tourists needing less than twenty runs with seven wickets in hand and a handful of overs remaining. Incredibly, India won with just seven balls to spare by one wicket.


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    New Zealand vs Australia at Wellington only a few weeks back, would have been great finish if we pulled it off but would also be considered as a good finish for the Australians

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    This.

    NZ 9/333, chasing 551, with the test match looking to end fast. Astle and Cairns has other thoughts .
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    The 5-run victory by Aus vs. WI in the '96 WC semi wasn't bad, considering Australia was 4-15 in their tenth over, and the West Indies were 2-165, chasing 207, in the 40th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCap_Fan
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    NZ 9/333, chasing 551, with the test match looking to end fast. Astle and Cairns has other thoughts .
    Good memories of Astle's 200. I can't recall why Cairns was batting at 11?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiller
    Good memories of Astle's 200. I can't recall why Cairns was batting at 11?
    Cairns was injured and only bowled four overs in the second innings from memory. I was surprised when he choose to bat TBH, but it was certainly worth it after the incredible hitting from Astle.

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    I'll stick to Australian games since I've seen a lot more of them.

    There are so many great tests to choose from. The one run West Indies win, Dravid and Laxman's comeback to win the game from an impossible position, Langer and Gilchrist's partnership in Hobart, Lara's 153* to see the West Indies home by one wicket in 1999... and they are just the ones involving Australia in the last few years.

    For ODIs, two world cup games (already mentioned by others )spring to mind - the semi-final in 1996 between Australia and the West Indies where Australia recovered from 4/15 to make 207, and then the West Indies were left needing 40 odd off the last 10 overs with 8 wickets left and Warne pulled it out of the bag with 4/36 from his 9 overs. One of the all-time great one day bowling performances, supported by some great bowling from Fleming at the death as well.

    The other is of course the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa. After Australia made a modest 213 with Pollock and Donald bowling brilliantly, South Africa were cruising at a run a ball early on before Warne did the job again, taking 4/29 from his 10 and turning the game on its head. When Kallis fell after making a half-century with 39 needed to win and 6 down Kluesener put in a spectacular performance to score 31 of the last 38 runs in the innings off just 16 balls, and all of a sudden South Africa had come back into it after needing more than a run a ball to only need a handful off the last over. Then, with the scores level and three balls to go, Kluesener hit it straight to mid-on and Donald was run out in a mixup. Amazing finish to the best world cup I've seen, in what was the true final.

    There are lots more of course, but I'll remember them forever, not only because the finishes were so good, but because of the importance of the games.

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    For a test match finish I think the most surreal, if not the greatest, was us winning in the gloom in Karachi in the 3rd test in the 2000/01 series. It was practically night! Interestingly Steve Bucknor was one of the umpires too! If he'd have asked Moin if he'd wanted to come off for light I think we can all guess what the answer would've been!

    In ODIs obviously the '99 semi stands out (why did you run, Lance!?!), but The Windies winning the '04 Champions Trophy was a great effort after we had 'em at 147-8 chasing 218. Sickened me no end, but credit where it's due!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCap_Fan
    This.

    NZ 9/333, chasing 551, with the test match looking to end fast. Astle and Cairns has other thoughts .
    This was one game, probably the only one i can think of, where even if India were the fielding side, I would have wished New Zealand had gone on to win.

    Something to tell your grandchildren about which they would dare not believe !!!

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    For me, in tests Laxmans test in Calcutta and in ODI's Kapils game in the 1983 World Cup against the Zimbabweans.

    I doubt if there has been a greater fightback than kapils match in ODI history.

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    ^ My father used to tell me about that World Cup match all the time when I was young. Amazing knock, what a fight back.
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    After wharf had desroyed the middle order, butler comes in at 10 with Kent at 113-8 to win it for Kent by one wicket with 6 needed off the last ball.

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