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Best cricket World Cup matches - Part VII

The first ever World Cup match of the 1987 World Cup saw the defending champions India take on Australia. India had gone into the game as favourites given that they were not only defending champions but they were also playing at home. The venue was Chennai, which should have suited the Indians more too given that they had the spinners to exploit the slow nature of the track.Bad start to the World Cup 1987>

As it turned out, Australia batted first and were propped by a 110-run first wicket stand between David Boon and Geoff Marsh. Boon left one short of his half-century but Marsh went on to complete his 100 and ensured that the side would go on to get to a big enough score. Well played for his century>

Australia got to 270 and it looked to be a big enough score to defend.

However, India started off really well with a 69-run opening stand followed by partnerships of 62 and 76 involving Kris Srikkanth, N S Sidhu and Dilip Vengasarkar.

In fact, the Indians needed 25 to win the game off the last five overs with five wickets standing and the game seemed to be in their pockets.

It is here that the game turned on its head. Ravi Shastri gave a catch back to the bowling of Craig McDermott, while captain Kapil Dev played a rash stroke to get out with 15 still to get.

Some hara-kiri and poor running between the wickets meant that the side needed six to win with two remaining and two runs to win the game off the last two balls with Maninder Singh on strike. Unfortunately, Steve Waugh bowled Maninder Singh off the penultimate ball of the game to run home winners by one run.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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