1998 Nidahas Trophy

The 1998 Nidahas Trophy, known as the Singer Akai Nidahas Trophy for sponsorship reasons, was a One Day International cricket tournament staged in Sri Lanka between 19 June and 7 July 1998, to commemorate the 50 years of Sri Lanka's independence and Sri Lanka Cricket, known then as the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, the governing body of cricket in Sri Lanka.[1]

Singer Akai Nidahas Trophy
Date19 June – 7 July 1998
LocationSri Lanka
Result India beat Sri Lanka by 6 runs in the final
Player of the seriesSri Lanka Aravinda de Silva
Teams
 Sri Lanka  India  New Zealand
Captains
Arjuna Ranatunga Mohammad Azharuddin Stephen Fleming
Most runs
Aravinda de Silva (368) Sachin Tendulkar (263) Nathan Astle (203)
Most wickets
Sanath Jayasuriya (9) Ajit Agarkar (12) Chris Harris (3)
2018

The competition involved Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. Each team played every other team three times, and the two teams with most points progressed to the final. The event was marred by rain, with five of the nine qualifying matches abandoned. Sri Lanka won three matches while India won one in the group stage, before India won the final beating the former by 6 runs. Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva who scored 368 runs was named player of the series.[2]

SquadsEdit

  Sri Lanka[3]   India[4]   New Zealand[5]

Round-robinEdit

Team Pld W L NR T Pts NRR
  Sri Lanka 6 3 1 2 0 8 +0.623
  India 6 1 1 4 0 6 +0.320
  New Zealand 6 0 2 4 0 4 –1.429
Source: ESPN Cricinfo[6]

MatchesEdit

19 June (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
243/6 (50 overs)
v
  India
246/2 (43.4 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 97 (119)
Ajit Agarkar 2/38 (9 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 80 (114)
Muttiah Muralitharan 2/48 (10 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: K. T. Francis (SL) and Peter Manuel (SL)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Suresh Perera (SL) made his ODI debut.
  • Points: India 2, Sri Lanka 0.

21 June (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand  
200/9 (50 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
201/3 (40 overs)
Bryan Young 55 (52)
Upul Chandana 3/24 (7 overs)
Marvan Atapattu 83* (118)
Nathan Astle 1/2 (3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: B. C. Cooray (SL) and Nandasena Pathirana (SL)
Player of the match: Marvan Atapattu (SL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Niroshan Bandaratilleke made his ODI debut.
  • Points: Sri Lanka 2, New Zealand 0.

23 June (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand  
219/8 (50 overs)
v
  India
131/2 (24.2 overs)
Nathan Astle 81 (119)
Ajit Agarkar 3/52 (9 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 53* (53)
Chris Cairns 1/36 (5 overs)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rain stopped play at 20:20, with four balls short of what was required for a result. India was set a target of 147 in 25 overs.
  • Points: India 1, New Zealand 1

25 June
Scorecard
v
  India
  • No toss made.
  • The match abandoned due to a waterlogged ground from overnight rain and heavy rain at 10:00 in the morning.
  • Points Sri Lanka 1, India 1

27 June
Scorecard
v
  • No toss made.
  • The match was abandoned due to persistent rain.
  • Points: Sri Lanka 1, New Zealand 1.

29 June
Scorecard
India  
v
  • No toss made.
  • The match was abandoned after umpires decided that clearing the wet outfield that followed the rain would not be ready by 13:30 to play 25 overs per side to constitute a match.
  • Points: India 1, New Zealand 1.

1 July
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
171/8 (36 overs)
v
  India
163 (35.3 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 62 (86)
Ajit Agarkar 3/38 (7 overs)
Robin Singh 50 (74)
Sanath Jayasuriya 4/18 (5.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 runs
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Umpires: Ignatius Anandappa (SL) and B. C. Cooray (SL)
Player of the match: Aravinda de Silva (SL)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • The start was delayed by three hours due to rain reducing the match to 36 overs per side.
  • Sri Lanka 2, India 0.

3 July
Scorecard
New Zealand  
128/5 (31.1 overs)
v
  India
Craig McMillan 26 (39)
Harbhajan Singh 2/26 (8 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Persistent rain after 31.1 overs into New Zealand's innings led to abandonment of match.
  • Points India 1, New Zealand 1.

5 July
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
293/4 (50 overs)
v
  New Zealand
206 (39.1 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga 102 (98)
Chris Harris 2/44 (10 overs)
Nathan Astle 74 (76)
Sanath Jayasuriya 3/28 (8 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 87 runs
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Umpires: Peter Manuel (SL) and T. M. Samarasinghe (SL)
Player of the match: Arjuna Ranatunga (SL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • Points Sri Lanka 2, New Zealand 0.

FinalEdit

7 July (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
307/6 (50 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
301 (49.3 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 128 (131)
Sanath Jayasuriya 2/42 (9 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 105 (94)
Ajit Agarkar 4/53 (10 overs)
India won by 6 runs
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: K. T. Francis (SL) and Peter Manuel (SL)
Player of the match: Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ de Silva, A. C. (24 May 1998). "Singer Akai Nidahas Trophy commemorates two land marks". Daily News. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Records in a tizzy as India lift Independence Cup". The Indian Express. 8 July 1998. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Suresh Perera new cap in Sri Lanka Team". Daily News. ESPN Cricinfo. 18 June 1998. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (17 June 1998). ""Sri Lanka and New Zealand are tough opponents" - Gaekwad". Daily News. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  5. ^ "New Zealand Squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Points Table". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Final, Sri Lanka v India 1997-1998". Wisden. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ "India storm into final with 186-run win over Kenya". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

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