Thrilling World Cup ties
The Cricket World Cup has been the pinnacle event in the sport for 36 years. There have been epic victories and heart-breaking loses. And yet, drawn matches only made its debut as late as in 1999.
The Cricket World Cup has been the pinnacle event in the sport for 36 years. There have been epic victories and heart-breaking loses. And yet, drawn matches only made its debut as late as in 1999. There have been only four matches since that have finished with both teams finishing on the same side. A look at the WC contests that promised a lot but ended on an exhilarating no-win-no-loss result.
The days of par 300 scores being insurmountable are behind. England proved the theory on Sunday when they almost chased down India's total of 338. A scorching century each for both sides ensured that the bowlers went back with horrendous figures and yet in a match that saw over 600 runs on the scoreboard, that one winning run remained elusive. (AFP Photo)
Minnows can stage cliffhangers too. Ireland and Zimbabwe ensured that their 2007 World Cup match was as much of a nail-biter as any. Zimbabwe would have been confident after bowling out their opposition for 221 at Kingston, Jamaica. Despite two half-centuries in reply though, they bowed out on the last delivery of their innings with the scores tied. (AFP Photo)
South Africa's unceremonious exit from the 2003 World Cup was scripted in a weather-hit match against Sri Lanka at Durban. The visitors opted to bat first at the toss and stitched together 268 runs in their allotted quota of overs. South Africa began their chase on a firm footing but the rain gods unleashed terror as the match was eventually declared a tie after 45 overs, through Duckworth–Lewis method. (Getty Images)
In 1999 World Cup Australia drew South Africa in a low scoring thriller. The Proteas won the toss, put the opposition in, bowled well to restrict them to 213 but failed to script perfection eventually. Despite Shaun Pollock's 5 wicket spell, it was Shane Warne's early breakthrough in the second innings that took the match to its inconclusive yet thrilling finish. (Getty Images)