ICC Champions Trophy: Some nail biting matches of past
Cricket is always cherished and loved in sports circles. Although the cricket playing nations are small in numbers but they all are passionate and vigilant about the game.
Here’s a list of some unforgettable and extravagant fights of cricket in ICC Champion Trophy history.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – Final – England v India
England playing at their stronghold, Edgbaston full of crowded but rain delayed the match. Finally, only 20 overs match managed to entertain the audience. Ravindra Jadeja helped India tp score 129-7 in 20 overs after England strike hard in earlier overs. England started with a shake and 46-4 down at one stage, but bounced back with 64 runs partnership between Ravi Bopara and Eion Morgan.
England looked towards their first 50 over trophy in history, but unfortunate as ever, they lost the run when the unsung hero of India, Ishant Sharma take wickets of both Morgan and Bopara in 18th over. MS. Dhoni and company win the title with 5 runs in their pocket.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – Match 4, Group A – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Top of the list is the match of New Zealand and Sri Lanka, indeed it is a fact that both are strong and vigilant teams. Meanwhile, low scoring matches always ended as thrillers. And if low scoring match wins with some great bowling performance is just extraordinary.
Only Kumar Sangakkara managed to score 68 in the carnage of Mitchell McClenaghan (4-43) in Cardiff.
The threat of rain was always there and only 139 runs seems a simple run for Kiwis, but the traditional Yorkers of Lasith Malinga derailed the run and made it tough for New Zealand. Ultimately, the smart running and McClenaghan again that bailed the Kiwis out, the paceman striking the winning run.
ICC Champions Trophy 2009 – Final – Australia v New Zealand
Shane Watson’s magnificent performance helped the cause to Australia rule the cricket world and show how strong they are. Australian bowlers laid the platform and bowled New Zealand on 200 runs. Now the time for Shane Bond and Kyle Mills to bounce back, they shake Australia with Ponting and M. Hussey. Later Watson and Cameron White stood for 128 runs and Australia never looked back. Australia sealed the brilliant six-wicket win.
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