The ODI where Mathews and Malinga strung together a partnership in Australia to take down a chase...also Mahmudulllah-Shafiul partnership of 58 in the 2011 WC
This makes sense. 99 was so long ago that I think most of us mainly remember it because of how good the finish was. Felt like it would never be topped. This game has it beat comfortably though in that regard.It's been a week and I have had time to reflect I think 99 semi was better as a game. This was like a gritty slow novel that build to a great edge of the seat climax.
But 99 SF was more like a great thriller with hair raising moments though the game. There were great performances throughout Pollack and Doanld sharing 9 wickets between them with some great new and old ball bowling. An all time great spell by Shane Warne, Kallis repair job and then the crazy finish with Klusner till the ultimate choke of the chokes just great stuff all through the game
No! This is terrible. The 438 game was a JAMODI. This was a WC final. I'd rate it over the semi final in 99 (just). Probably not quite the same level of ATG players involved, but still it was the biggest game of all, and then you had not only the match tied, but the super over as well! It was set up for the ultimate finish, but of course the ICC had to go and **** us all over by not thinking there might be a need for more than one super over ffs.I don't think it was the greatest ODI ever. It of course was full of thrills but (1) skills at display were not at the level of Aus vs. SA 99 semi final, (2) overthrow, super over and most boundaries were a let down.
I think even the 434 v 438 was a greater game than this one.
haha...no.you're all on drugs if you don't think this game was better than 99
you're all ****ing on about quality play. how about that tight collar from the south africans gifting the game?
this odi was the epitome of the two best teams in the world going hammer and tongs at each other at almost full tilt. guptills form and englands opening spell being a tad short aside, i don't think anyone let their team down in this game.
Mate, I like a sporting cliche as much as anyone, but this is next level stuff.This final was better IMO. Both sides were unrelenting and unwilling to give an inch. It was a lit fuse that you could see slowly moving towards the explosive.
The 99 final had the greater moments of individual brilliance and sea sawed more dramatically. It was a boxing match where both sides were landing heavy punches but refusing to get knocked out. Blood pouring from both players, jaws broken, the judges ultimately couldn't split the teams.
But this was a final and that was a semi final. This was more of a team effort and that was more of a gladiatorial effort. They were different games that both highlight what the ODI game can be, at its best.