Australia 1987

2010-12-13 14:32
1987 - Australia

Pakistan and India


Who was there?
The Test nations England, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, who had finally achieved Test status, and minnows Zimbabwe whose reputation as giant-killers preceded them.

Tournament Star
Aussie paceman Craig McDermott, whose 18 wickets taken at crucial times made Australia's route to victory all the more easy.

Missed the point
England captain Mike Gatting, whose usual circumspection failed him at the last, when he groaned into a reverse-sweep shot off the first ball from his Aussie counterpart, Allan Border, and had himself caught behind. His wicket, as England looked to be coasting to victory, set the wheels in motion for a slow, painful capitulation.

What happened in the Final?

The 1987 World Cup was lifted by Allan Border, captain of Australia who won against arch-rivals England by 7 runs in the most closely fought World Cup final to date in the Eden Gardens stadium in Calcutta.

We didn't know it at the time, but this was the start of Australia's march to world domination. They won the toss and, as most teams had done throughout the tournament, chose to bat first. In the days before pinch-hitters, Marsh and Boon's 52 in the first ten overs constituted a flyer, and the runs kept flowing as Boon top-scored with 75. But with Gatting in command, their 253 seemed very gettable, until the captain felt the need to reverse-sweep Border's first ball; it took the top edge, bounced off his shoulder, and was snapped up by Greg Dyer behind the stumps. England were struggling from then, and though Lamb shepherded the tail well and DeFreitas biffed the ball around, 17 from Craig McDermott's final over was practically impossible.

Cricket is just like that
Courtney Walsh, normally the most reliable of death bowlers, had a terrible time in 1987. Allan Lamb and Co. took 30 off his last two overs as England scraped a two-wicket win, then Pakistan's last-wicket pair needed 14 from one over to sneak home. Qadir hit a straight six, before Walsh sportingly opted to warn Salim Jaffer for backing up too far, rather than just run him out. When West Indies lost, he received a carpet from a grateful Karachi firm, and a carpeting from the media.


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