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Smallest margin of victory in test cricket
In a very interesting match between West Indies and Australia in Jan’1993, West Indies won the match by only 1 run, when chasing a target of 186 runs, Australia was bowled out on 184 runs. This is the Smallest margin of victory in test cricket.
Interesting thing in this match was, at one time Australia were 9 down on 144 runs and West Indies victory seems a matter of time only. But from here Partnership between Tim May and Craig McDermott started and they took Australia at the verge of victory before Courtney Walsh got McDermott out on 18 runs and ended Australian inning at 184. Just one run short of target.
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Smallest margin of victory in test cricket by runs
|West Indies||1 run||v Australia||Adelaide||23-Jan-93|
|England||2 runs||v Australia||Birmingham||04-Aug-05|
|Australia||3 runs||v England||Manchester||24-Jul-02|
|England||3 runs||v Australia||Melbourne||26-Dec-82|
|New Zealand||4 runs||v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||16-Nov-18|
|South Africa||5 runs||v Australia||Sydney||02-Jan-94|
|Australia||6 runs||v England||Sydney||20 Feb 1885|
|Australia||7 runs||v England||The Oval||28 Aug 1882|
|South Africa||7 runs||v Sri Lanka||Kandy||30-Jul-00|
|New Zealand||7 runs||v Australia||Hobart||09-Dec-11|
West Indies vs Australia, Smallest margin of victory in test cricket
In this match, on the fourth day, Australia began their pursuit of the Frank Worrell Trophy with a loss of their top two batsmen. Things looked dire for the team as they lost four wickets for just ten runs in the first half hour after lunch, with three of those wickets being taken by Ambrose. However, Langer’s determined batting and partnerships with Warne and May gave Australia hope, and May and McDermott brought them close to victory despite May’s injury.
In the post match presentation, Phil Simmons said “For me it was a moment of disbelief. Twenty runs earlier I had gone for a catch off Tim May, but I wasn’t sure if it was taken cleanly. That would have been the last wicket. I got anxious with every run and every ball after that. It had been a hard day, and both Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh had bowled their hearts out.
Finally Craig McDermott edged a ball as he tried to leave it. When Junior Murray caught him, there wasn’t a West Indian there who was not at least two feet above the ground because of the intensity and emotion of the situation. It was a relief for me, and there was joy as well, because if we had lost, we would’ve lost the Frank Worrell Trophy.”
What is the smallest margin of victory in a test match?
Smallest margin of victory in a test match is 1 run between a match against West Indies and Australia at Adelaide on January,1993 when West Indies beat Australia by 1 run.
Which team holds the record for the smallest margin of victory in a test match against the other team?
West Indies holds the record for the smallest margin of victory in a test when they beat Australia by 1 run at Adelaide on January,1993.
What are some of the closest test matches in terms of margin of victory?
Some of the closest test matches in terms of margin of victory are;
1. West Indies beat Australia by 1 Run at Adelaide in Jan’93
2. England beat Australia by 2 Runs at Birmingham in Aug’05
3. Australia beat England by 3 Runs at Manchester in Jul’02
4. England beat Australia by 3 Runs at Melbourne in Dec’82
5. New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 Runs at Abu Dhabi in Nov’18
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