Cricket is an unpredictable game, they say. Thing is it’s absolutely true and we’ve seen countless times the logic behind it. Although not often, we’ve seen lots of time that a team is on the edge of winning the game suddenly lost the path and lost the game ultimately by the enlightening performances of one or two players. The last over’s performance of Sri Lankan legendary pacer Chaminda Vaas against almighty Australia in 2004 is one of them.

The unbelievable over of Chaminda Vaas that hailed as the best last over in Cricket’s history

The sudden reversal of the result is so unexpected and eye-raising that fans and even players couldn’t believe their eyes what happened! Those astonishing moments are the defining moments for this beautiful game. Those are the moments’ fans crave to see because those moments are the memorable moments of cricket.

The super bowing of Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas against Australia on February 22, 2004, at Dambulla in last over is one of those moments that enlightened the history of cricket. It was such a majestic performance. This one is truly outstanding as it didn’t present any big hittings from the batsman or consecutive fell of wickets yet the match inverted dramatically.

Sri Lanka had a decent opening and scored 121-runs in their opening partnership. They also built a 70-runs partnership in the third wicket.  But, they failed to keep up the pace and ultimately they ended their innings by posting 244-runs. The major reason behind this scenario was the failure of middle-order and tailenders. They couldn’t stand the heat of Michael Clarke who took 5 wickets in the game.

Australia was marching towards the victory after a huge partnership of 148-runs. Australia lost their first wicket at zero runs but the second wicket partnership managed to overcome the starting jolt.

The Kangaroos then suffered a sudden collapse and losing wickets gradually. They become 192-5 after the mini-collapse. Australia needed 56 runs in last 10 overs. The game was in their hands completely although they had a mini-collapse. Andrew Symonds and ”The FinisherMichael Bevan were on the crease.

Australia started to play very cautiously. In the end, they needed just 8-runs from the last over.

Chaminda Vaas started to bowl in the final over. His first two balls were consists of two single runs. Then there were two dot balls to Symonds. Another single came in the fifth ball and now the turn for the finisher. Aussie players were watching the saga from the pavilion with much excitement. Bevan stuck the ball high in the air and took three runs. Kumar Sangakkara dropped the catch and Sri Lanka earned the most silent, unexpected and unforeseen game ever.

Chaminda Vaas – The Best Last Over in Cricket History from r/Cricket

Both team fans, players were in absolute shock during the last over. Nobody believed that yet it happened. Such pure excitement and shock!