Did you watch the chase by Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab the other day? It was a one man show from MS Dhoni, but even the greatest finisher of limited-overs cricket couldn’t win the game. 17 off the last over was never easy, but if anybody could have done it, it had to be MSD. Fighting a battle on the 22 yards is never easy. While the world hailed the CSK captain, at the end of the day, Punjab had the last laugh. Let’s have a look at some of the matches from the past where the chasing team was so near and yet so far…
1. India vs Bangladesh (World T20, 2016)
Some matches are scripted in heaven and this was one of them. The Super 10 match between the neighbours was definitely a match to remember. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. India scored 146 in their allotted 20. With 10 needed off the last over, it was an easy game for Bangladesh. But they made a mess of it by celebrating way too early, we guess. Needing 2 runs of 3 balls, the Tigers lost 3 wickets instead and lost a golden opportunity to oust the tournament favourites.
2. India vs Pakistan (Chennai Test Match, 1999)
Remember those years when Sachin used to get out and the TVs would be switched off across the country? Well, this was one of those matches! Despite a supernatural 136-run knock from the Master Blaster, India lost by 12 runs against their arch rivals. It was an epic collapse from the Men in Blue as Sachin left the crease with just 16 needed. And the rest of the team could manage just 4 runs.
3. Australia vs South Africa (World Cup semi-final, 1999)
17th June 1999 will forever be etched in the memory of Lance Klusner. The Protean was on the brink of taking South Africa into the final of the World Cup, and with 9 required off the last over, he had already hit 2 boundaries. But the run out on the 4th ball and a tied match cost them the coveted place. Why? Because Aussie finished higher on the points table. It was drama all over!
4. England vs Australia (Ashes 2nd Test, 2005)
England’s hero Andrew Flintoff will take a while to forget this one. A one-day style chase from Australia. A spirited bowling performance from the Pomes. And a match that will arguably be called the greatest of all time. You’ve got to feel for the Kangaroos, falling two runs short in the Test and then going on to lose the series 2-1.