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1987 Cricket World Cup knockout stage

Knockout stageEdit

In 1987 Cricket World Cup, the first Semi-Final was played between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on 4 November 1987, which Australia won by 18 runs.[1] In the second Semi-Final England defeated India by 35 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on 5 November 1987.[2] Australia and England encountered in the Final on 8 November 1987. Australia defeated England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, by 7 runs and won the 1987 Cricket World Cup.[3]

November 4 – Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
A2   Australia267/6
November 8 – Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
B1   Pakistan249
November 5 – Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, India
B2   England254/6
A1   India219


Australia vs PakistanEdit

4 November 1987
267/6 (50 overs)
249 (49.2 overs)
David Boon 65 (91)
Imran Khan 3/36 (10 overs)
Javed Miandad 70 (103)
Craig McDermott 5/44 (10 overs)
Australia won by 18 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Dickie Bird and David Shepherd (Both England)
Player of the match: Craig McDermott (Australia)

Australia won the toss and chose to bat. The Australian batsmen got off to a very good start, and they scored fluently, with David Boon (65 from 91 balls, 4 fours) top scoring, and making an 82 run second-wicket partnership with DM Jones. Australia were looking to reach 300 with strong batting before Imran Khan took 3 wickets for 17 runs in 5 overs. Australia lost 4/31, but a high number of extras (34) from the Pakistani bowlers, as well as the solid batting from earlier on, brought Australia to 267 (8 wickets, 50 overs). Pakistan started badly, falling to 3/38. Imran Khan (58 from 84 balls, 4 fours) and Javed Miandad (70 from 103 balls, 4 fours) shared a partnership of 112 runs in 26 overs. However, with the required run rate at 7.87 runs when Miandad fell, there was just too much for the upcoming batsmen to do, and Pakistan lost 6/99 as they were bowled all out for 249 (all out, 49 overs). Earlier Steve Waugh scored 18 runs off the 50th over bowled by Saleem Jaffar and ironically Pakistan lost the match by 18 runs.[1][4]

England vs IndiaEdit

5 November 1987
254/6 (50 overs)
219 (45.3 overs)
Graham Gooch 115 (136)
Maninder Singh 3/54 (10 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 64 (74)
Eddie Hemmings 4/52 (9.3 overs)
England won by 35 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, India
Umpires: Tony Crafter (Australia) and Steve Woodward (New Zealand)
Player of the match: Graham Gooch (England)

India won the toss and chose to field. After reaching 2/79, Graham Gooch (115 from 136 balls, 11 fours) and captain Mike Gatting (56 from 62 balls, 5 fours) shared a partnership of 117 runs in 19 overs. After Gooch was finally stumped, 51 more runs were added, and England reached 254 (6 wickets, 50 overs). India made a bad start, falling to 3/73. The middle order scored fluently, with Mohammed Azharuddin, (64 from 74 balls, 7 fours) top scoring. Before Azharuddin was removed lbw by Eddie Hemmings, India were at 5/204, needing 5 runs an over from the last 10 overs, with 5 wickets in hand, and it looked like it would be a very close game. However, the middle and tailend order for India collapsed, as India lost 5/15. India were eventually bowled all out for 219 (all out, 45.3 overs), giving England both a berth in the final and a measure of revenge for the loss they suffered to India in the semifinal of the World Cup four years earlier in England.[2][5]


Australia vs EnglandEdit

8 November 1987
253/5 (50 overs)
246/8 (50 overs)
David Boon 75 (125)
Eddie Hemmings 2/48 (10 overs)
Bill Athey 58 (103)
Steve Waugh 2/37 (9 overs)
Australia won by 7 runs
Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
Umpires: Ram Gupta (India) and Mahboob Shah (Pakistan)
Player of the match: David Boon (Australia)

Australia won the toss and chose to bat. David Boon (75 from 125 balls, 7 fours) top-scored for Australia, whose batsmen scored fluently. Australia posted 253 (5 wickets, 50 overs). Mike Veletta (45 from 31 balls, 6 fours) cut loose late in the innings, as Australia scored 65 runs from the last 6 overs of their innings. In the English reply, opener Tim Robinson fell leg before wicket for a first ball duck. Bill Athey (58 from 103 balls, 2 fours) top-scored, and England were almost on target, when captain Mike Gatting (41 from 45 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) handed back the initiative with the loss of his wicket, going for a reverse sweep which ended a growing partnership of 69 runs in 13 overs between him and Athey. Allan Lamb (45 from 55 balls, 4 fours) also posted a great innings, but it was in vain as the required run-rate for England began to rise. When England failed to score the last 17 runs from the final over, the cup went to Australia.[3][6]


  1. ^ a b "Reliance World Cup – 1st semi final – Pakistan v Australia". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Reliance World Cup – 2nd semi final – India v England". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Reliance World Cup – Final – Australia v England". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ "WISDEN – 1987–88 World Cup – 1st Semi-Final – AUSTRALIA v PAKISTAN". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  5. ^ "WISDEN – 1987–88 World Cup – 1st Semi-Final – ENGLAND v INDIA". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  6. ^ "WISDEN – 1987–88 World Cup – Final – AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.

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