Top Successful World Cup Run Chases

Chasing targets can be a tricky business. Especially when we are talking about the great competition between the bat and the ball.   With the advent of T20 cricket, changes in field restrictions and shorter boundaries, any given score can be chased. However, in the 2019 World Cup teams are finding it really hard to chase runs. So far in the group stage only 14 times runs have been chased. We at Alley Sport have combined 5 memorable run chases in the history of world cup cricket.

#5 New Zealand vs South Africa (Eden Park, Auckland, 2015):

Despite a rain delay, Ab De Villiers and Faf Du Plessis helped set the kiwis a target of 298 runs in 43 overs (D/L). South Africa looked to have an edge over New Zealand, after setting a mammoth target. Brendon  McCullum started with a quick fire half century. South Africa missed a few chances and Kiwi batsman took full advantage of it. 5 runs were required from the last 2 deliveries with Dale Steyn bowling. A stunning innings from Grant Elliott took New Zealand to a 4-wicket dramatic win and to their first ever world cup final.

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#4 Ireland vs England (M Chinnaswamay Stadium, Bengaluru, 2011):

Magnificent half centuries by Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell lead England to a massive total of 327. With an experienced bowling line up with names like James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann the Irish batting line up had a big task at hand. The team was struggling at 111/5 until Kevin O’Brien arrived at the crease. Kevin O’Brien and  Alex Cusack stitched together a 162 run stand for the sixth wicket. Kevin also went on to register the fastest century in World Cup cricket history. It came in 50 balls. The English boys faced the heat from fans and media from all over the cricketing world. It also became the then highest run chase in a world cup match.

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#3 England vs Australia (Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2007):

England posted a modest total of 204 courtesy of Andy Bichel who took 7 wickets. England in return bowled brilliantly and executed their plans. Australia slumped to 135-8. Bevan and Andy Bichel had other plans and scored 74 and 34 respectively. Bevan hit the winning runs with just 2 balls remaining. English captain Nasser Hussain kept wondering how victory eluded them. Australia then went on to win the 2003 world cup by defeating Sri Lanka by 48 runs.

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#2 India vs Pakistan (Supersport Park, Centurion,2003):

Cricket in both countries is a way of life. The rivalry between these 2 teams is unparalleled. India has never tasted defeat when it comes to facing Pakistan in world cup cricket .It was no different in the 2003 encounter.  India was asked to chase 273 after a compelling century by Saeed Anwar. The Pakistani bowling line up had the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi. We saw the best of Sachin who went after the bowlers as soon as he went in. Unfortunately the master fell short of a century after a lethal bouncer from Akhtar took his precious wicket. India went on to register a comprehensive 6 wicket win after finishing touches from Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh. It is one of the greatest world cup run chases.

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#1 India vs Sri Lanka (Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai, 2011):

Twenty eight years after first ever world cup victory, team India’s dream of enhancing its image as a force in world cricket came true in the packed Wankhade Stadium. Mahela Jayawardene lit the world cup final with a blistering knock of 103 not out. India lost both Sachin and Sehwag because of Malinga’s opening spell. Left hander Gautam Gambhir took charge of the proceedings and stitched a partnership with a young Virat Kohli. Kohli applied himself before he fell to an outstanding catch by Dilshan off his own bowling. Indian captain M.S Dhoni promoted himself ahead of the in form Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni stayed on the crease right till the end and finished the game with a huge six. The memory still remains fresh in every Indian cricket fan’s mind.

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