Best Chase Ever in Cricket – Target achieved in just 2 balls
ACC CUP 2006
In 2006, Nepal created history by becoming the quickest team to chase down a target in an official match. They took no more than 2 balls to reach the score of 10.
Myanmar’s baby steps towards cricket began in 2004, when a bunch of Aussies introduced it to the country’s landscape. ICC held a couple of programme there and by 2006, the country fielded its first team on international soil.
That time Nepal was considered a stronger team than Afghanistan. In their previous game against Kuwait, Nepal scored 317, bundling Kuwait batting line-up for only 36 runs in second innings. While, Myanmar had already suffered a thrashing defeat against Hong Kong. Hong Kong scored 442 runs, and Myanmar were bowled out for 20.
Let’s come to the match in question now,
Having won the toss, Nepal Skipper Das put Myanmar into bat. The new ball was given to their master pacer Mahboob Alam. Alam’s performance shooked Myanmar batsmen.
Myanmar wicket-keeper Omer was the first to go, plum on the first delivery. Alam then dismissed 2 more batsmen, Sharjeel and Rahman. By the time captain Das ended his 2nd over, Myanmar were struggling at 4/4.
After the longest partnership in the innings of 21 balls, the right-arm pacer Mahboob Alam got rid of Ye Mo Tyun and Myanmar skipper Tin Aye within 3 balls. Nepal Skipper Das then dismissed ‘danger man’ Zakariya, who scored single run off 20 balls in his stay of 21 minutes at pitch.
When Myanmar’s score was 10/9, Mahboob took his 7th wicket, dismissing Aye Min Than. Myanmar scored 10 runs in 12.1 overs, setting the lowest ever target in an official match.
Nepal chase was equally thrilling! Myanmar pacer, Aye Min Than opened the bowling, running gallantly with the ball towards Mahesh Chhetri, who calmly placed the ball and scored 3 runs.On 2nd delivery Chand then cut the next ball and also ran a convincing 3. With 4 balls left in the over, Aye Min knew it could all be over with the next delivery. Hence, he opted for a different route.
He bowled 2 consecutive wides, attempting to delay the inevitable. However, wicket-keeper Omer failed to collect the 3rd wide, with the batsmen running 2 and ending the match in just 2 balls.