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1987 Cricket World Cup History

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Format

The format of the competition was two groups of four teams each team playing each other twice in fifty-over matches. The top two teams from each group would advance to the semi-finals where the two winners would then advance to the final. All matches were played during daytime and – for a final time in the event’s history – saw the teams appear in traditional white clothing and use traditional red balls.

Qualification

See also: 1986 ICC Trophy

The ICC decreed that all seven (eligible) countries holding Test status would automatically qualify for the tournament; One additional entry place would be awarded to the winners of the 1986 ICC Trophy; and for the second time this turned out to be Zimbabwe, who defeated the Netherlands to earn the berth.

The following eight teams participated in the final tournament:

Group A

Main article: 1987 Cricket World Cup Group A
Team Pld W T L NRR Pts
 India 6 5 0 1 5.41 20
 Australia 6 5 0 1 5.19 20
 New Zealand 6 2 0 4 4.89 8
 Zimbabwe 6 0 0 6 3.76 0
9 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
270/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
269 (49.5 overs)
Australia won by 1 run
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras, India
10 October 1987
Scorecard
New Zealand 
242/7 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
239 (49.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 3 runs
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad, India
13 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
235/9 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
139 (49.4 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras, India
14 October 1987
Scorecard
India 
252/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
236/8 (50 overs)
India won by 16 runs
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India
17 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
135 (44.2 overs)
v
 India
136/2 (27.5 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, India
18 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
199/4 (30 overs)
v
 New Zealand
196/9 (30 overs)
Australia won by 3 runs
Nehru Stadium, Indore, India
22 October 1987
Scorecard
India 
289/6 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
233 (49 overs)
India won by 56 runs
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India
23 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
227/5 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
228/6 (47.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets
Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
26 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
191/7 (50 overs)
v
 India
194/3 (42 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, India
27 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
251/8 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
234 (48.4 overs)
Australia won by 17 runs
Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh, India
30 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
266/5 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
196/6 (50 overs)
Australia won by 70 runs
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, India
31 October 1987
Scorecard
New Zealand 
221/9 (50 overs)
v
 India
224/1 (32.1 overs)
India won by 9 wickets
VCA Ground, Nagpur, India

Group B

Main article: 1987 Cricket World Cup Group B
Team Pld W T L NRR Pts
 Pakistan 6 5 0 1 5.01 20
 England 6 4 0 2 5.14 16
 West Indies 6 3 0 3 5.16 12
 Sri Lanka 6 0 0 6 4.04 0
8 October 1987
Scorecard
Pakistan 
267/6 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
252 (49.2 overs)
Pakistan won by 15 runs
Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, Pakistan
9 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
243/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
246/8 (49.3 overs)
England won by 2 wickets
Municipal Stadium, Gujranwala, Pakistan
13 October 19871
Scorecard
Pakistan 
239/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
221 (48.4 overs)
Pakistan won by 18 runs
Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
13 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
360/4 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
169/4 (50 overs)
West Indies won by 191 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
16 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
216 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
217/9 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 1 wicket
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
17 October 1987
Scorecard
England 
296/4 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
158/8 (45 overs)2
England won by 108 runs
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar, Pakistan
20 October 1987
Scorecard
England 
244/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
247/3 (49 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, pakistan
21 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
236/8 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
211/8 (50 overs)
West Indies won by 25 runs
Green Park, Kanpur, India
25 October 1987
Scorecard
Pakistan 
297/7 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
184/8 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 113 runs
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Pakistan
26 October 1987
Scorecard
England 
269/5 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
235 (48.1 overs)
England won by 34 runs
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India
30 October 1987
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
218/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
219/2 (41.2 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Nehru Stadium, Poona, India
30 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
258/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
230/9 (50 overs)
West Indies won by 28 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Note 1: This match was scheduled for 12 October but abandoned without play due to rain. The reserve day was instead used.

  • Note 2: Rain interrupted the Sri Lankan innings; their target was reduced to 267 in 45 overs.

Knockout stage

Main article: 1987 Cricket World Cup knockout stage
Semi-finals Final
4 November – Lahore, Pakistan
  Australia 267/6
  Pakistan 249
8 November – Calcutta, India
  Australia 253/5
  England 246/8
5 November – Bombay, India
  England 254/6
  India 219

Semi-finals

Australia won the toss and chose to bat. The Australian batsmen got off to a very good start, and they scored fluently, withDavid 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) andJaved 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)

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.

4 November 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
267/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
249 (49.2 overs)
Australia won by 18 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Attendance: 57,413
5 November 1987
Scorecard
England 
254/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
219 (45.3 overs)
England won by 35 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, India
Attendance: 45,000

Final

Main article: 1987 Cricket World Cup Final

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 was bowled 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, 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.

8 November 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
253/5 (50 overs)
v
 England
246/8 (50 overs)
Australia won by 7 runs
Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
Attendance: 95,000

Statistics

Main article: 1987 Cricket World Cup statistics
Leading run scorers
Runs Player Team Matches
471 Graham Gooch  England 8
447 David Boon  Australia 8
428 Geoff Marsh  Australia 8
391 Sir Viv Richards  West Indies 6
354 Mike Gatting  England 8
Leading wicket takers
Wickets Player Team Matches
18 Craig McDermott  Australia 8
17 Imran Khan  Pakistan 7
14 Patrick Patterson  West Indies 6
14 Maninder Singh  India 7
13 Eddie Hemmings  England 6

Records

  • The first hat-trick in Cricket World Cup history was taken by Chetan Sharma of India during their final group match against New Zealand. He clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield with last three balls of the 42nd over.[2]
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu hit 9 sixes during the tournament – the highest number of sixes by a player during a single tournament.

Trivia

  • This World Cup was the last time an Asian team didn’t feature in the finals of a 50 over World Cup.

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