5 best chases in the final of an ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

Published:27 July 2020

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Till date, just 7 instances where a team scored 15 or more runs in the final of an ODI have been recorded. Among those 7 instances, only three have been recorded in the past decade, and none in the last six years, and two of them even before the T20 format’s debut.

Read on to find out the most successful chases in the final of an ODI match.
1.20 runs by New Zealand vs Sri Lanka in 2013:

In the 2nd game of the 3-match ODI series in Hambantota, a young New Zealand side was up against Sri Lanka after the first game washed off. Thanks to a century stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara before rain break, Sri Lanka, who batted first, reached 117/1 in 20.4 overs. After the resumption, the game was reduced to 23 overs and the Lankans finished with 138/1 adding 21 runs.

Dilshan and Sangakkara are both unbeaten, scoring fifties that ended with 55 and 71, respectively. New Zealand got a revised target of 198 from 23 overs as the Lankans lost just one wicket by the time of interruption of the rain. Opener Tom Latham has fought a lone battle as the Kiwis have been reduced to 68/4 by 11th over. But a 93-run partnership between Latham and Luke Ronchi has given Blackcaps back to the game in just 9.3 overs (49 off 26).

After Ronchi's wicket, Latham smashed 86 off 68 balls before he got out in the 21st over 3 balls. The visiting side were still 33 runs away from a 13-ball victory. On the first and last ball of the 22nd over bowled by Lasith Malinga, Nathan McCullum hit a boundary, leaving New Zealand still to get 20 runs from the final over to be bowled by Rangana Herath. After scoring three runs in the first two balls, Jimmy Neesham handed the strike to Nathan.

The elder McCullum decided to give himself room with Herath coming around the wicket, and found the extra cover fence with a six and four on successive deliveries.

Herath opted to come over the wicket for the penultimate ball that Nathan cleared the long-off fielder very easily to level the scores. He ended the match by smashing a full-toss over the long-on region. As many as 25 runs came from the final over as Nathan McCullum finished with 32 out of just 9 balls.