Since the inception of T20I cricket, the game has witnessed more close finishes. Many games have gone on the wire and won on the last ball.
The introduction of twenty overs cricket has also kept the fans on their toes with the game changing very quickly. Meanwhile, many batsmen have won it for their team hitting a six in the last ball of the match.
Most recently, Dinesh Karthik’s six of the last ball won the match for India against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final.
Let us take a look at the list of batsmen, who has hit a six to win the match in the last ball:
Chamara Kapugedara v India (Gros Islet, 2010)
Kapugedara’s massive six in the last ball of the game handed Sri Lanka a nail-biter against India. He charged down the track and carves the last delivery from Ashish Nehra over sweeper cover for six to pull off a final-ball victory.
Meanwhile, he remained unbeaten on 37 runs off 16 deliveries including two boundaries and three sixes.
In reply to India’s 163, Sri Lanka had a poor start losing two wickets. However, it was the late cameo from Kapugedara that won the match for Sri Lanka by five wickets.
Eoin Morgan v India (Wankhede, 2012)
The current England skipper played a magical knock against India at Wankhede in 2012. He won the match for his team hitting Ashok Dinda a six of the last delivery of the game.
Morgan smashed the ball straight back over Dinda’s head for six. The delivery was arching for the yorker but ended up being a half-volley in Morgan’s hitting arc and he made no mistake, kabooming the ball over the rope with a free-flowing swing of the arms.
England eventually won the match by six wickets as Morgan remained unbeaten on 49 runs.
Zulfiqar Babar v Windies (Kingstown, 2013)
Especially a bowler, Zulfiqar struck a massive six off Marlon Samuels to help Pakistan win the 1st T20I.
Zulfiqar, playing his debut game got under one low full toss from Samuels to clear the long off boundary. He remained unbeaten on 13 runs which is his highest T20I score.
Meanwhile, Pakistan chased down the target o 153 with two wickets in hand.
Vusi Sibanda v Netherlands (Sylhet, 2014)
The right-handed struck one massive six from Ahsan Malik to win it for Zimbabwe in group league matches in the World T20.
Malik missed his length for once, sending down an overpitched ball as Sibanda gets low and wallops this high over long on. Sibanda remained unbeaten on 9 runs providing good support Brendan Taylor.
Zimbabwe won the thriller of a match by five wickets.
Dinesh Karthik v Bangladesh (Colombo, 2018)
Karthik struck Soumya Sarkar for a massive six to win the Nidahas Trophy for India earlier today. Karthik’s little cameo at the end will be etched in every cricket lover’s mind.
India needed five runs to win when Karthik struck a flat and rocking six to win the game. Meanwhile, he remained unbeaten on 29 of 8 deliveries including three sixes and two boundaries. He also received the man of the match award.
India won the match by four wickets to win the Nidahas Trophy.
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