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International Video Highlights 2016



Our top videos for the year in international cricket.

TOP 10
We have compiled our top 10 (well, it turned out to be a top 11!) video moments of the year in international cricket.

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In a year packed with record moments and highlights, some truly magical performances just did not make the top 10, but we could not bear for you to miss out on these.

So, here they are... Enjoy!

JANUARY
Munroe blasts fastest NZ T20 half-century

Colin Munro blasted New Zealand's fastest Twenty20 half century to surpass a mark set by Martin Guptill earlier in the innings as the hosts swept their two-match series against Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket win in Auckland.

Guptill first rewrote the record books when he took just 19 deliveries to bring up his eighth half century in the shortest form of the game. His mark was then eclipsed by Munro some 20 minutes later when the left hander's half-century came off 14 balls, the second fastest in international cricket behind India's Yuvraj Singh (12 balls).

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World record T20 stand

A world-record T20 partnership by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the second Twenty20 against Pakistan in Hamilton.

Set a target of 169, Guptill finished the match with a boundary to take the New Zealand total to 171 with 14 balls remaining and all wickets intact.

His stand with Williamson eclipsed the previous best Twenty20 partnership of 170 set by South Africans Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman against England in 2009.

Guptill finished with a flourish to be 87 not out from 58 balls with nine fours and four sixes.

Williamson faced 48 balls for his 72, which included 11 fours.

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FEBRUARY
Voges’ double ton

Adam Voges scored his second test double-century to drive Australia to a 379-run first innings lead in the first test against New Zealand in Wellington.

The late-blooming Voges, who was 35 when he made his debut in the Caribbean last year June, has scored 1 267 runs in a bountiful test career to date, boasting an average of 97.46.

He was eventually out, caught and bowled by Mark Craig for 239, having hit 30 fours and three sixes.

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JUNE
England tie with Sri Lanka

Tailender Liam Plunkett hit a six off the last ball of the match as England achieved a remarkable tie in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in Nottingham.

England, set 287 to win, collapsed to 30 for four and 82 for six.

But a stand of 138 between man-of-the-match Chris Woakes, who made an ODI-best 95 not out, and Jos Buttler (93) revived their chances.

After England had seen their hopes of victory disappear in a final over where they needed 14 to win, Plunkett drove the last ball from Nuwan Pradeep for a straight six.

England finished on 286 for eight in just their eighth tie at this level.

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AUGUST
Record falls in T20

West Indies defeated India by one run in a record run-laden Twenty20 clash on Saturday after piling up the third highest ever total in the game's shortest format in Lauderhill.

West Indies' total of 245-6 was just short of Australia's 248 against England in Southampton in 2013 while Sri Lanka's 260 against Kenya in Johannesburg in 2007 remains the highest ever international T20 total.

In all 32 sixes were hit on the day while the 489 total runs was the highest ever for a T20 match, beating the 469 in an IPL game in 2010.

Evin Lewis, standing in for the injured Chris Gayle, reached exactly 100 off 48 balls with five fours and nine sixes and when he was out off the fifth ball of the 16th over, world champions West Indies were 205-3.

It was the fifth fastest T20 international century.

The highlight of Lewis' innings was hitting five sixes off a Stuart Binny over, all of which sailed over the boundary on the back of a stiff Florida breeze.

West Indies reached the halfway mark of their innings in record style – their 132 runs beating the previous best after 10 overs of 131 set by South Africa against England at Centurion in 2009.

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Herath humbles Australia in rare test sweep

Sri Lanka completed a rare 3-0 sweep over Australia after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath spun the hosts to a comprehensive 163-run victory in the final test in Colombo.

Chasing 324 in a bid to salvage some pride, Australia surrendered to Herath's guile and folded for 160 before tea to lose their No 1 ranking to India and slip to third place behind Pakistan.

Herath (7-64) claimed a 13-wicket match haul to bag the man-of-the-match award while his 28 wickets from three tests also made him the obvious choice for the man-of-the-series award.

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Starc fastest to 100 ODI wickets

Mitchell Starc became the fastest to reach 100 wickets in his 52nd match as Australia pulled off a tricky chase to defeat a resilient Sri Lanka by three wickets in the first one-day international in Colombo.

Starc, who took three wickets, struck with the fourth ball of the innings to have opener Kusal Perera trudging back to the pavilion for one.

Starc returned with another wicket-taking spell to send Dhananjaya de Silva back to the pavilion and claim his 100th wicket.

The left-armer broke a 19-year-old record set by Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who claimed 100 wickets in 53 matches.

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OCTOBER
Bangladesh record test win over England

Bangladesh recorded their first test victory over England, taking all ten wickets in a single session thanks to teenage off-spin sensation Mehedi Hasan to win the second test by 108 runs and square the series in Dhaka.

Chasing a target of 273, England seemed to be cruising when Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett guided them to 100 without loss at tea.

But 19-year-old Mehedi, playing in only his second test, triggered a dramatic collapse in the final session of the third day.

England crumbled to 164 all out to suffer their first-ever defeat by Bangladesh in 10 tests and share the two-test series 1-1.

Mehedi finished with 6-77 in the innings and 12 for 159 in the match.

It was his country's best-ever bowling figure in tests, overtaking Enamul Haque Jr’s 12-200 against Zimbabwe in 2005.

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Smith smashes highest ODI score at SCG

Steve Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney.

The Australia skipper smashed 164 off 157 balls, the highest one-day international score at the Sydney Cricket Ground – he struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century.

Smith's knock, the seventh highest by an Australian, surpassed South Africa's AB de Villiers' 162 at the same ground in last year's World Cup.

It was also the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ricky Ponting also made 164 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006 during THAT 438 match.

He then underlined his man-of-the-match qualities with two decisive catches in the Black Caps' innings.

It was his throat-high catch at slip that got a big breakthrough to dismiss skipper Kane Williamson for just nine.

Smith later latched onto a flying one-handed screamer to dismiss BJ Watling for six off Mitchell Marsh, hurling himself to his left in the gully for a stunning catch.

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