New Zealand and Australia are set to take on each other in the final of the ICC T20 WC 2021 on Sunday. Perhaps no one had expected the two teams to reach the finals. Prior to the start of the event, India, West Indies, and England were touted as favourites to win the title.
While India and West Indies got eliminated in the Super 12s, England lost to New Zealand in the first semi-final. Pakistan who stayed unbeaten in the Super 12 stage went down to Australia in the second semi-final.
The T20 World Cup is currently being held in UAE. Winning the toss and bowling first has become the winning mantra. The teams who have chased down the scores have won more games than the ones who batted first. Both semi-finals saw teams chasing down big scores successfully with an over to spare in the game.
The finishers in the teams have had a crucial role to play. The ones who have the ability to change the game in a matter of a few overs in the death overs make it hard for the team bowling second to defend the total. In the history of the ICC T20 World Cup, there have been occasions, when we were fortunate enough to witness some outstanding run-chases. In this article, here’s a look at most runs scored in last five overs in a successful run-chase
Most Runs Scored In The Last Five Overs In A Successful Run-Chase In T20 World Cup Matches
5. 60 runs New Zealand vs England Abu Dhabi 2021
Touted as the favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 title, England lost to New Zealand in the first semi-final of the tournament. Riding on significant contributions from Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan, England scored a competitive 166 on the board in the first innings.
New Zealand, in reply, lost both Guptill and Williamson in the chase. Devon Conway and Mitchell brought New Zealand back into the game with an 82-run stand for the third wicket. However, at the end of 15.1 overs, New Zealand had lost both Conway and Phillips. The Blackcaps needed 60 runs in the final five overs.
What followed was some sensational ball striking from Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell in the death overs. Neesham Hit two sixes and a four off Chris Jordan in the 17th over, followed by two sixes in the next over.
Daryl Mitchell then hit Woakes two sixes and a four in the 19th over to finish the game with an over to spare. The Blackcaps scored 60 runs in the last four overs of the innings. Mitchell played an unbeaten 72-run knock off 47 balls, while Neesham contributed 27 off 11.