Five narrowest Test wins in history in terms of run
On Monday, New Zealand pulled off a stunning 4 runs win against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
The dramatic win was the fifth in the list of narrowest wins in 2327 matches Test history.
Here are the top five marginal wins in the longer version cricket in terms of runs.
- West Indies beat Australia by one run, Adelaide, 1993
The 1992 Test series between West Indies and Australia was a competitive one with draws occurring in three of the four matches. Before the start of the fifth Test, the Caribbeans were trailing by 1-0 in the series.
In the low-scoring affair, Australia needed just 186 to win but were breathing short at the edge losing 9 wickets at 144.
As the last batsmen Tim May and Craig McDermott were reeling to survive, legendary Courtney Walsh snatched the wicket of McDermott by the time Australia needed to win.
West Indies went on to win the fifth Test by 1 run to claim the series.
2. England beat Australia by two runs, Birmingham, 2005
The occurrence was a memorable one for England as they went on to win the prestigious Ashes for the first time since 1986-97.
Chasing 282 runs to win in the fourth innings, Australia sunk losing 7 wickets having 137 runs on the board. But Shane Warne had different mind set. The leggy added 42 runs while Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz knocked another 59 in the last wicket.
But at the end, Steve Harmison knocked out Kasprowicz to bring England a historical 2 runs win and to take the Ashes back home.
3. England beat Australia by three runs, Melbourne, 1982
Another Ashes series, another favored luck for England. On the eve of the Boxing Day Test, the English were behind 2-0 in series.
Australia, as just peeped through the hole of winnings the third Test and booked the series, Ian Botham delivered the new ball just to find the edge of Jeff Thompson’s bat, who, together with Alan Border mend the broken innings when England lost 9 of them in 218 chasing the target of 292 runs to win.
England thus registered the three runs win.
4. Australia beat England by three runs, Manchester, 1902
Claiming this 3 runs win, Australia went on to win the Ashes of 1902 but the Aussies might never have done this had Fred Tate did not drop an easy catch of Joe Darling; Darling made 51 and set England a target of 124 runs to win the Test.
Jack Saunders had the last man of England Tate and registered the three wickets win and to claim the Ashes.
5. New Zealand beat Pakistan by four runs, Abu Dhabi, 2018
The first Test match of the series was all the way a long scoring affair. Pakistan needed 176 runs to win the match.
The subcontinent unpredictable team were fumbled in 171 all out leaving the Kiwis to win by four runs. Debutant Ajaz Patel took a fifer off 59.