In the 1987 Cricket World Cup, England lost 2 matches and won 2 matches amongst the initial 4 group matches. The team was looking forward for an enhanced performance to enter the semi-finals.
Group match against West Indies
England and West Indies clashed against each other on 26th October 1987 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India. England batted first and stockpiled 269 runs for 5 wickets in 50 overs. Graham Gooch topscored with 92 runs in 137 balls. Patrick Patterson bowled 9 overs, gave away 56 runs and took 3 wickets. In reply, West Indies was all out for 235 in 48.1 overs. Richie Richardson smashed 93 runs in 130 deliveries. Phillip DeFreitas claimed 3 wickets for 28 runs in 9.1 overs. England won this match by 34 runs. Gooch was honored as the Man of the Match.
Group match against Sri Lanka
Nehru Stadium, Poona, India was the venue of the group match between Sri Lanka and England on 30th October 1987. In the stipulated 50 overs, Sri Lanka accumulated 218 runs for 7 wickets. The topscorer was Roy Dias who made 80 runs in 105 balls. Eddie Hemmings conceded 57 runs in 10 overs while taking 3 wickets. England lost only two wickets while scoring 219 runs in 41.2 overs. Gooch faced 79 balls and bashed 61 runs. England won this match by 8 wickets. The Man of the Match was again Graham Gooch.
England played 6 group matches and won 4 of them while lost 2. It was positioned as the second team in Group B. In this way, it entered the semi-finals.
Semi final against India
The opponent of England in the semi-final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup was India. This match was played on 5th November 1987 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India. 254 runs were accrued by England after losing 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Once again, Graham Gooch showed his mettle and piled up 115 runs in 136 balls. Maninder Singh made 3 dismissals while giving away 54 runs in 10 overs. India found the target too onerous and was bowled out for 219 in 45.3 overs. Mohammad Azharuddin faced 74 deliveries and hit 64 runs. 4 batsmen fell prey to Eddie Hemmings who bowled 9.3 overs while conceding 52 runs. England won this match by 35 runs and progressed to the final. Graham Gooch was announced as the Man of the Match.
Final against Australia
The final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup was fought between England and Australia. In 50 overs, Australia lost 5 wickets and set a target of 254 for England to win. David Boon faced 125 deliveries and accumulated 75 runs. Eddie Hemmings was a successful bowler with 2 dismissals for 48 runs in 10 overs. England lost 8 wickets while scoring 246 runs in 50 overs. The top scorer was Bill Athey who made 58 runs in 103 balls. Steve Waugh bowled 9 overs, conceded 37 runs and claimed 2 wickets. Australia won this match by 7 runs. David Boon was chosen as the Man of the Match. Thus, England became the runners-up of the 1987 Cricket World Cup.