Australia vs New Zealand 12th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs New Zealand 12th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 - Reliance World Cup 1987 tournament of the 12th ODI match played between New Zealand and Australia at Nehru Stadium, Indore in 18th - 19th October 1987.

All-rounder Steve Waugh took two-wickets and a run-out in the final of the match to give Australia remarkable 3-run victory over New Zealand, despite a Martin Crowe's fighting half-century in a reserve day used 30-over-a-side last-over thriller game of the 12th match of a Reliance World Cup.

Australia scored 199-4 in the alloted 30 overs with top scorer by David Boon struck 87 off 96-balls including 5-fours & 2-sixes.

Dean Jones cracked a 52 off 48-balls including 3-sixes & a four, Allan Border scored 34 off 28-balls included 3-fours and Steve Waugh hit a unbeaten 13 off 8-balls contained one-six & a four with strike rate of 162.50.

New Zealand best bowler by Martin Snedden took 2-wickets and one for Ewen Chatfield - Dipak Patel.

New Zealand scored 196-9 in 30 overs with top scorer by Martin Crowe cracked a 58 off 48-balls including 5-fours with strike rate of 120.83.

John Wright struck 47 off 44-balls including 2-sixes & a six, Ken Rutherford hit 37 off 38-balls included 2-sixes & 2-fours and Andrew Jones 15.

Australia best bowler by Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid, Simon O'Donnell each took 2-wickets and one for Craig McDermott.

This match reported by Trevor Bailey (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

STEVE WAUGH, the Australian seam bowler, kept remarkably cool to take three wickets in the final over and clinch a World Cup victory for his team against New Zealand.

New Zealand needed seven runs off the over and with half-century maker Martin Crowe facing, and four wickets standing, victory was near. 

Waugh's efforts left the last two men three runs short. It was the second time Waugh had been entrusted with the 60th over and though not the best Australian bowler, he certainly is the man for a crisis. His two wickets with his first two balls settled the contest.

New Zealand could, and probably should, have won, but rather strangely Australia deserved their victory as they had batted better when the pitch was at its most difficult and the outfield at its slowest.

In addition Australia's attack was more formidable and they had the edge in the field. The first rain to fall in Indore during October for 35 years prevented play on the first day and held up proceedings on the second.

The pitch was hard and firm, but the bowlers' run-ups and the practice wicket on the square were treacherous, while the outfield was sluggish, but both captains wanted to start and the umpires decided on a 30-overs limit.

Jeff Crowe won the toss and asked Australia to bat. Boon contributed a pugnacious 87, and was awarded man of the match, Jones a sparkling 52 and Border improvised splendidly to take his side to 199 for four in 30 overs, which, as they had been 30 for one off 10 overs, was a fine performance.

Australia were assisted by some indifferent slow bowling from Bracewell and Patel, who between them conceded nearly 100 runs out of the 155 on the board when they had finished.

Wright and Rutherford provided New Zealand with an ideal opening stand of 94 and were up with the scoring rate.

Despite losing some partners on the way, it was felt that as long as Martin Crowe remained New Zealand would reach their target, that is until that fatal last over.



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