Recently, Ben Stokes carried England to a memorable one-wicket win over Australia in the Leeds Test. It was the 14th instance when a team has posted a one-wicket win in Test cricket. England have posted four such wins in Test cricket, the most by any team in this format of the game.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies have done it twice, while Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India have done it once each. This year, there have been two such instances already, including the Leeds Test.
Cricwizz takes a look at five instances when a team posted a memorable win by one wicket in Test cricket.
1999 Bridgetown Test: WI beat Aus by 1 wicket
Australia lost the Test despite scoring close to 500 in the first innings. Steve Waugh’s 199 saw Australia pile up 490 in the first innings. West Indies were bowled out for 329 to concede a 161-run lead. But thanks to Courtney Walsh’s five-wicket haul, Australia were bowled out for just 146 in the second innings.
West Indies were set a target of 308 runs. But West Indies slumped to 105/5 before Brian Lara rose to the occasion. He single-handedly saw West Indies home with a knock of 153* He slammed 19 fours and 1 six during his knock. When the No 10th batsman Courtney Walsh came to the crease, West Indies needed 6 runs more for a win. But Walsh survived five dot balls before Lara finished it off with a four.
2010 Mohali Test: India beat Aus by 1 wicket
It was one of the memorable Test wins by India as two Hyderabad players in VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha saw India home with a last-wicket stand of crucial 11 runs. Australia were bowled out for 428 in the first innings before India collapsed to 405 to concede a 23-run lead.
India bounced back to bowl out Australia for 192 to set up a target of 215. But India had slumped to 124/8 while Laxman was battling back spasms.
In came Ishant Sharma, who played the most important innings of his career. He played out 92 balls to score 31 and struck a match-winning stand of 81-run for the ninth wicket with Laxman. India were still in trouble with 11 runs short of the target. But Laxman guided India to win in Ojha’s company. Laxman made vital 73 not out.
2019 Durban Test: SL beat SA by 1 wicket
Sri Lanka came to South Africa with a poor, and inconsistent record in Test cricket. They were not expected to give a fight in SA, leave winning a Test. But they shocked South Africa and the cricket world with a one-wicket win in the Durban Test.
Kusal Perera was the saviour for Sri Lanka. Chasing a target of 304, Sri Lanka were reduced to 226/9 with 78 still to get and the last pair in the middle.
Perera threw caution to the wind and counter-attacked SA bowling comprising Dale Steyn, K Rabada, Vernon Philander. In a last-wicket stand of 78, Vishwa Fernando contribution was just 6.
Perera dealt in boundaries to take Sri Lanka across the finish line. It was the best batting in distress. Perera made 153 not out with 12 fours and 5 sixes. SL went on to win series 2-0.
2019 Leeds Test: England beat Aus by 1 wicket
This has to rank among the best one-wicket win in Test cricket. England were staring at losing the Ashes if they lose the Leeds Test. And a loss looked certain when England were reduced to 286/9 chasing 359 for a win.
But one England player Ben Stokes has not given up hope. He went on overdrive, taking on Australian bowlers as defeat looked large.
He and Jack Leach’s 10-wicket stand remained unbeaten for 76 runs. Leach contributed just 1 run in that stand. Few missed chances by Australia saw them losing the Test from the grip.
Stokes slammed a four to seal the win and race his hands in jubilation as England survived to live another day to win the Ashes back. Stokes made 135 not out off 219 balls with 11 fours and 8 sixes.
Johannesburg Test in 1906: SA won by 1 wicket
England toured South Africa in 1906 for a five-match Test series. And the first Test at Johannesburg was off to a cracker. England shot SA down for just 91 after making 184 in the first innings. Walter Lees took 5/34 as England took a 93-run lead in the first innings.
England were then bowled out for 190 to set up a target of 284 runs. Lees came to the party again as SA slumped to 105/6 but Gordon White (81) and Dave Nurse posted 121-run stand for the 7th wicket to bring SA back into reckoning. But White’s wicket gave England renewed hopes. At 239/9, it looked all but over. But Nourse (93 not out) in the company of skipper Percy Sherwell (22 not out) saw SA home for a memorable win.