Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. The team scored a mammoth 434 runs in 50 overs, losing 4 wickets. It looked to be a done deal for the Aussies. However, in the second inning, South Africa gave a fitting reply and despite everyone’s imagination, the team won. KSA scored 438 runs at a loss of 9 wickets. It won the match by 1 wicket and 1 ball to spare.
I watched the match from beginning till the end. And over a decade later now, it still is imprinted in my mind loud and clear. Every over was a thriller. While the first inning was every bit exciting, the second one put everyone at the edge of their seats. Gilchrist, Katich, Pointing, and Hussey took the fight from Australia’s end. From South Africa, it was Graeme Smith, Gibbs, and Boucher.
After being a cricket fan for over 20 years now, that match often referred to as “438 game” is the one that I believe was the most unbelievable cricket match in history. It broke many records and won the heart of everyone around the world.
Of course, aside from that, there are numerous unbelievable cricket matches. Like the World Cup T20 match on 2014 between Netherlands and Ireland was very exciting. Two young and underrated teams giving everything to leave a mark in the league.
IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on May 25, 2014, is a memorable one too. And, in my opinion, one of the greatest matches in IPL history.
The ODI matches between India and England in Jan-Feb of 2002 were, too, very (very) good. The competition level was very high. Each of the team was star-studded. And while the series ended up in a draw, the fans on both side and the entire cricketing community was left satisfied.
Which match do you consider the most unbelievable cricket match in history really depends on your own preference. For me, it would always be Australia vs. South Africa, the “438 game”. Check out its highlights-