In Cricket the chasing team in some instances will require extraordinary task to win the match. And sometimes they will require scoring the maximum to win of the last ball. Here are some of the matches which will be noted for ending with wrapping up with Sixers.

Here is the list of Top Five instances in Cricket History ending the match with ‘SIX’:

5. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan vs India, 2014):

In a Virtual Semi Final clash in the prestigious Asia Cup, the victory kept on playing hide and seeks between the arch rivals India and Pakistan. Shahid Afridi’s fight kept the chase on for them, but India kept picking wickets on other end. The equation was brought down to 10 of last over with Ajmal on Strike and Ashwin with ball and two wickets remaining.

On the first ball Ashwin bowled Ajmal, which made Pakistan 9 down. Junaid pick a tight single on next ball to bring on Afridi on strike with 9 needed of 4. A good length delivery of third ball by Ashwin, and Afridi swung it with getting some bat on it. Due to the boundary length the ball just cleared the boundary line at extra cover, needing 3 from next 3. A similar delivery from Ashwin and similar swing from Afridi but this time over long-on boundary. That Six ended an amazing match with Pakistan’s victory.

4. S Chanderpaul (West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2008):

Shinarine Chanderpaul, whose nickname is Tiger, because of his never giving up nature. In the Port of Spain ODI against Sri Lanka in 2008, he proved it. Nine down for 223, West Indies needed 13 in the final over from Chaminda Vaas. Three singles followed in 1st four balls. Ten needed from two, Chanderpaul on strike. 

He hit the fifth ball past the man in the ring at mid-off, bringing down to six needed off the final ball. Vaas bowled a low full-toss. Which was easily enough for Chanderpaul to slog it to Jayawardene positioned at Deep mid-wicket. He took a couple of steps, jumped to try and catch the ball, but failed by a few feet. Vaas didn’t know what happened and where to look. And Chanderpaul celebrated the win all the way to the pavilion.

3. Mike Hussey (Australia vs Pakistan, 2010):

In a crucial semi-final match of World T20, Hussey rescued a depleted Aussies pulling of a blinder. Chasing Pakistan’s 191, Australia fell 62/4 in 9th over. But some middle order contributions kept them dragging and brought them down to 18 needed from last over with ball in Ajmal’s hand.

Johnson picked up a single to give strike to Hussey with 17 from 5 needed. On the 2nd ball Hussey pulled a shortish ball from Ajmal into the stands for six. And the next ball he bent-down and guided the ball over the long on for another six, making the equation 5 from 3. The next ball was a bit wide to off stump and Hussey cut it past the short third man to a boundary to level the scores with another two balls to go. Soon the next ball Hussey smashed ball for a six hitting it over long-on, pulling of a thriller from nowhere.

2. Javed Miandad (Pakistan vs India, 1986):

Javed Miandad was the original Sixer hero. On April 18, 1986, Pakistan needed a four off the last ball against India in the final of the Australasia Cup in Sharjah. Pakistan was nine down and Mohammad Azharuddin had missed a opportunity to run out last-man Tauseef Ahmed. And that single put Miandad on strike. Chetan Sharma had the ball in his hand. 

The plan was to bowl a fast, inswinging yorker. But what he bowled was the most highlighted full toss in Indian cricket history. He smacked it high and long over midwicket for the most unforgettable six in history. 

Every instance of a last-ball six since then, has been referred as the ‘Miandad moment’. Psychologically affected by the blow, India lost 12 of their next 13 games against Pakistan in Sharjah.

1. MS Dhoni (India vs Sri Lanka, 2011):

This Winning Six hit by MS Dhoni in the World Cup stands the No.1 as it would be remembered more ever for ending the 28-year drought of World Cup for India. Even the Six wasn’t needed looking at the criteria but the situation and hype it was placed, surely an unforgettable sixer.

He guided India towards the victory along with Gambhir an Yuvraj. With 3 needed from many, he smashed Kulasekara over Long-on with his favourite Helicopter Shot to bring the most memorable moment. And that Six brought out 121 million Indian populations in joyfulness and many Indian Cricket fans.

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    Cricket Statistician and Journalist. Love to churn out facts and stats. Member of the Society of Cricket Statisticians of India (SCSI).

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