Best cricket World Cup matches - Part VII
This was a group match between West Indies and England in the 1987 World Cup played at Gujranwala in Pakistan. The two sides were both playing their first game of the tournament and were two of the more favoured teams to go through to the last four stage.>
In this game, England won the toss and decided to field first. Some good bowling and very tight fielding meant that the West Indian side were feeling the heat at 151/4 in 40 overs. Thankfully for them, the batting of Jeff Dujon and Gus Logie pushed them to scoring 92 in their last overs as the English bowlers failed to put a lid on the scoring.>
Roger Harper hit three fours and a six in an innings that saw him score 24 off ten balls.
The English reply was no different, as they slumped to 99/4 and 131/6 and looked like they were out of the contest for most of the time. When the last ten overs came about, they needed 91 but had only four wickets standing. The last of their recognised batsmen was Allan Lamb and he took control with partnerships of 31 and 47 for the seventh and eighth wicket respectively.
However, even with the last three overs to go, the English side needed 31 to win and with three wickets standing. With the ever-miserly Courtney Walsh to bowl two of them, things looked really tight but the 48th and the 49th over cost 12 and six respectively to leave the side to score 13 off the last over.
Lamb hit a boundary and took another couple off the first two while Walsh followed this up with a wide ball that went to the boundary. With only three needed off the last four balls, another no-ball followed and the next ball was hit to the fence for a four to seal the win for the English side.
Allan Lamb won the man of the match award.
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