Limited-overs cricket gets exciting when the matches get tied as then the super-over decides the fate of the match. And then it became a one-on-one shootout as each team gets an over each to outbat or outbowl the opponent.
But there have been few super overs that have ended in heartbreak for one of the opponents. Cricwizz takes a look at five super overs that have caused agony, disappointment and heartbreak for one of the opponents involved in the game.
England beat New Zealand in 2010 World Cup final
This match can be easily termed as the most thrilling, entertaining ODIs of all time. But sadly, it ended up in a big heartbreak for New Zealand after a bizarre super-over rule that saw England pip Kiwis for the title.
After the match ended in a tie, thanks to luck and Ben Stokes’ brilliance, the super over got tied too, but England took away the trophy as they have scored the most boundaries (4s and 6s combined) in the full match.
Subsequently, ICC made changes to super-over regulations in knockout matches. The super overs will be repeated unless one team has more runs than the opponent. But ask New Zealand, who suffered a heartbreaking loss in the final, done by a bizarre rule.
CSK romp home on a no-ball against RCB in IPL 2013
On a two-paced wicket of Chepauk, Chennai, CSK chose to field first and saw RCB post a competitive score of 165/6. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the two pillars of RCB, combined to stitch a stand of 82 runs for the third wicket. Kohli scored 58, while ABD posted 64 as RCB believed they have the match in hand.
CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals but kept ticking at the scoreboard. They lost their openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey cheaply, but Suresh Rain, MS Dhoni, and S Badrinath each made a cameo of 30-plus to keep CSK in the hunt.
At 137/5, CSK lost Dhoni on the first ball off the 18th over. RCB sniffed a chance. Dwayne Bravo then fell soon to leave CSK 20 runs to win off 8 balls. Ravindra Jadeja was the lone hope for CSK.
16 runs were required off the last 6. And RP Singh bowled the most forgettable over of his career. He conceded a six and a four to Jadeja off the first two balls. But he then came back strongly to give only 4 off the next three.
With two runs needed for a win off the last ball, RP Singh bowled wide and short. Jadeja cut straight to third-man fielder and RCB and their skipper Virat Kohli erupted in joy.
But their joy was shortlived as umpire declared it a no-ball. Jadeja had ran a single to win the match for his team with a ball to spare.
Jadeja was named man of the match for his 20-ball 38* with 3 fours and 1 six. MS Dhoni later joked on social media that only ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja could have won the match in that situation.
England beat New Zealand in a super over in Nov 2011
Just months after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the 2019 World Cup final, New Zealand suffered another super-over defeat in the fifth T20I against England at Auckland on Nov 10.
New Zealand made a competitive score of 146/5. But this time, they saw Chris Jordan spoiling their party. With 13 needed to win off 3 balls, Jordan cracked 6, 2, 4 to tie the match and force a super over.
Jordan again came to England’s rescue to defend 17 in super over and leave New Zealand opener Martin Guptill heartbroken once again in the middle. England took away the series 3-2.
RR beat KKR in 2014 IPL after a super-over tie
Much before the 2019 World Cup super-over tie, a similar match panned out in the 2014 IPL clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rajasthan posted 152/5 with Ajinkya Rahane contributing 72 runs. KKR looked down and out but Shakib Al Hasan had other plans. He cracked 18-ball 29* to tie the match and force the match into super-over.
KKR had to defend 11 runs in the super over and Sunil Narine bowled brilliantly. With three needed off the last ball, Smith could manage just a couple to tie the super over as well.
But for KKR, it ended in heartbreak as Royals were declared winners for superior boundary count.
DC beat KKR in IPL 2019
KKR were reduced to 61/5 in 9.1 overs before Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell staged a brilliant fightback to post 185/8. Delhi Capitals were cruising with Prithvi Shaw striking a brilliant 99. But Prithvi’s wicket gave KKR a chance.
With two needed off two balls, Kuldeep Yadav first dismissed Hanuman Vihari before Colin Ingram was run out going for the winning single.
In the super-over, KKR ended up on the losing side as K Rabada bowled unplayable yorkers to keep Karthik and Russel quiet. Rabada defended 11 runs off the over to win the match for Delhi.