Some of the Greatest Comebacks in the History of Cricket (Part II)
When it comes to the game of Cricket, making a comeback from those tensed situations isn’t easy at all. In the earlier part of the story we talked about some of the greatest comebacks ever in the history of India and here are a few more greatest comebacks in the history of cricket.
Record Chase in the History of One Day Cricket
A total of 860 runs were made during a match between Australia and South Africa. South Africa created a record by successfully chasing the target of
434 runs by Australia.
It was the year 2006 when one of the greatest matches in ODI cricket history took place. A match was going on between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg where Australia made a total of 434 runs with the loss of 4 wickets. It was the biggest total ever in ODI till then and Australia’s win seemed just like a formality but the South African team had other things in mind. In one of the greatest comebacks ever, South Africa successfully chased the mighty target of 435 runs to win with Herschelle Gibbs scoring 175 runs in 111 balls with 21 fours and 7 sixes ably supported by Graeme Smith who scored 90 runs in 55 balls.
West Indies vs Australia (Test series 2003)
During a test match between West Indies and Australia in 2003, West Indies created a test record by successfully chasing the 4th innings total of 418 runs by Australia.
West Indies was chasing a big target of 418 runs by Australia in the fourth innings; the match seems almost over for the West Indies. Then with Brian Lara got retired on a score of 60 runs, it was impossible for West Indies to make a comeback but cricket being an unpredictable game, West Indies successfully chased the total and created history. Team West Indies made the World record for the Biggest run chase was now been broken that was earlier held by India 27 years ago against West Indies only.
Rajasthan Royals defeating Deccan Chargers in the First Season of IPL in 2008
The first season of Indian Premiere League in 2008 saw one of the best comebacks when Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers in a last over match.
The team of Deccan Chargers with the help of Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds made a big total of 214 runs in 20 overs with Symonds scoring a century. Rajasthan Royals didn’t had a good starting as they lost 4 wickets quite early but Yusuf Pathan saved the game for Rajasthan Royals by scoring 61runs from only 28 runs. The match reached the zenith of excitement when Rajasthan Royals needed 20 runs in the last over. Shane Warne was batting while Andrew Symonds was bowling, and Warne went on to hit two sixes and two fours and won the match for Rajasthan Royals.