World T20 Top Five March 4, 2016

Ragged nails and jangling nerves

The most memorable ties and jailbreaks feature in our list of World T20 thrillers

Shootout: the tie in Durban was settled by a bowl-out © Getty Images

India v Pakistan (2007)
The history of the game was changed by India's dramatic victory in the final but these two played out an even closer finish in the group stage. Pakistan needed 39 from 14, only for Misbah-ul-Haq to unexpectedly bring the "boom" and level the scores with two balls to spare. Sreesanth rose to the challenge, Misbah was run out off the last delivery and Pakistan then fluffed the bowl out, losing 3-0.

Stuart Broad's final-over meltdown helped Netherlands scamper home © Getty Images

England v Netherlands (2009)
The opening match of the tournament, the founding fathers, the Home of Cricket. Dutch courage was called for but Netherlands managed the chase expertly and the final over began with seven needed. Stuart Broad dropped a return catch and then missed two run-out chances, including one off the final ball, allowing Ryan ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli to gleefully scamper the winning run from the overthrow.

Saeed Ajmal gave away 18 in the final over as Australia claimed an unlikely victory © AFP

Australia v Pakistan (2010)
Defending champions Pakistan had one foot in the final, with Australia requiring 48 from 17 balls. Saeed Ajmal, who had 1 for 11 from 2.1 overs, and Mohammad Amir (3-0-21-1) would deliver them. Only a superhero called Mr Cricket could change the course of this one and Michael Hussey donned his cape to do just that, smashing 60 all told and finishing the match with 6, 6, 4, 6 off Ajmal in the final over.

West Indies only just made the semis in 2012 © Getty Images

New Zealand v West Indies (2012)
West Indies were exuberant winners in 2012 but they almost didn't make it through the Super Eights. Defeat to New Zealand in the final round of matches would have sent them out but a direct hit from deep midwicket resulted in a run-out off the final ball and a tie; West Indies then successfully chased 18 to win the Super Over and "Gangnam Style" their way into the semi-finals.

Stephan Myburgh's 63 off 23 made Netherlands believe they could pull it off © ICC

Netherlands v Ireland (2014)
With the prize of playing in the main section of the tournament on the table, Netherlands went Sylhet bang to wipe out their fellow Associate, and leapfrog Zimbabwe too. Required to chase 190 in 14.2 overs to take their run rate above their rivals, Netherlands stunned Ireland with an unrelenting barrage to get there with three balls to spare. Jaws dropped and records tumbled.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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  • FawadAlam4Lyfe on March 6, 2016, 15:48 GMT

    they forgot to mention that gayle hit the first ball for six, and it was a no ball. So the equation became 11 off 6

  • Josiah M. Philip on March 4, 2016, 23:16 GMT

    I certainly remember that nz vs wi game. iconic for the Caribbean.

  • Dave on March 4, 2016, 20:04 GMT

    @THEBATSMAN...Do you seriously want us to believe that each and every Ashes win is memorable? In the 25 years I have seen Cricket, only 2005 series has been memorable. The rest have all been too one sided for my liking. Test cricket is good, but dont tarnish other formats with biased data.

  • Reg on March 4, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    Concerning NZ vs WI in 2012 - well we THOUGHT the Windies needed 18, but after that no ball six that was Southee's first non-delivery, they were really only chasing 11. If Mohammad Amir had bowled that badly questions would have been asked. In a comment during the recent Australian tour SHANE_OH referred to Southee getting a serve from Ross Taylor. This may have been the reason. But our Tim got his own back soon enough, deliberately running out Rosco when he would otherwise almost certainly have got twin centuries in the test against Sri Lanka. I've always thought this mess was the start of all the trouble . . .

    Great photo in the T20I match report too, showing Tim earlier in the game looking so very pleased with his own bowling.

    If SHANE_OH has more to add I'd love to hear about it!!!

  • Cricinfouser on March 4, 2016, 15:51 GMT

    Why isnt India Vs Pakistan 2007 final in the list???

  • Russell on March 4, 2016, 11:49 GMT

    I just don't look back at these T20 games with the same fondness as I would a classic test match. I don't mind a bit of hit and giggle every now and then, but there is undoubtedly something lacking in the T20 format. It just doesn't offer the same depth or richness that Test cricket does. I'm an avid England fan, and even though England won the T20 world cup in 2010 it's not something I really think about when I think about the team's achievements. Whereas you never ever forget an Ashes win or beating India in their own backyard. The T20 format is cricket at its most disposable. For me, the matches do not linger long in the memory

  • Kumarpal on March 4, 2016, 5:54 GMT

    Netherlands and Ireland was top of the list for the batting mania and India v Pakistan and Australia v Pakistan for the cricketing spectacle at hand.

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