Australia vs New Zealand 20th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Australia vs New Zealand 20th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 - Reliance World Cup 1987 tournament of the 20th ODI match played between New Zealand and Australia at Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh in 27th October 1987.

A record-breaking century by opener Geoff Marsh and Dean Jones well-made half-century leads to Australia narrow 17-run victory over New Zealand and Australia & India enter into the semi-finals in the 20th match of a Reliance World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Geoff Marsh became the third Australian batsman to score a century against New Zealand in One-day internationals after Greg Chappell and Steve Smith.
  • Geoff Marsh became the first Australian batsman to scored four centuries in ODI cricket history.
  • Geoff Marsh became the first Australian player to scored two centuries in World Cup.
  • Geoff Marsh became the third batsman to Carrying bat through a completed innings in World Cup history after Sunil Gavaskar and Glenn Turner.

Australia scored 251-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Geoff Marsh hit a career-best unbeaten 126 off 149-balls - which was his 4th ODI hundred, his first century against New Zealand in ODIs and his second century in World Cups - including 12-fours & 3-sixes.

Dean Jones scored 56 off 80-balls including 2-sixes & a four and Tim May 15.

New Zealand best bowler by Willie Watson, Ewen Chatfield both took 2-wickets and one for Martin Snedden.

New Zealand scored 234 for all-out in 48.4 overs with top scorer by John Wright cracked a 61 off 82-balls including 4-fours.

Ken Rutherford struck 44 off 57-balls including 4-fours, Martin Snedden scored 32 off 56-balls included 3-fours and Jeff Crowe hit 27 off 28-balls with 3-fours.

Australia best bowler by Allan Border, Steve Waugh both took 2-wickets and one for Andrew Zesers - Craig McDermott.

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

BATTING right through the innings for a solid and sensible 126, Geoff Marsh led Australia to victory by 17 runs over New Zealand at Chandigarh, putting his country- and India -into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

It was only the third time that a player has batted right through a complete World Cup innings, the others being India's Sunil Gavaskar and New Zealand's Glenn Turner.

Marsh had already hit 110 against India in this World Cup and now averages 84. Today he was responsible for half the total and was made Man of the Match.

Marsh played the kind of innings which so often decides a limited overs game, and he built his total once Jones had departed for 56, while wickets fell steadily at the other end.

He avoided anything too extravagant, until he led a violent assault in the closing stages.
The Australian fielding and especially the throwing was also superior, but there was little to choose between the two attacks.

I fancy England's chances far more against Australia than against India, who are a formidable team with the most powerful batting line up in the competition.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat. The theory that invariably it is wiser to put in the opposition is losing favour here. Certainly it does not always pay as the West Indies discovered against England in their crucial game in Jaipur this week, though on that occasion the wicket was decidedly lively early on.

There were no such problems at Chandigarh for the pitch was very good, though it did take a modicum of spin as shown when Boock, a gentle spinner, managed to turn the occasional ball.

There were two decisive moments. The New Zealand bowlers, who had been tidy early on, especially Chatfield and Patel, wilted in the final assault with 19 runs coming in the last over from Chatfield.

The second important point was the early loss of Martin Crowe who was run out by a bowler who deflected a fierce drive on to the stumps.

Yet, as long as Wright remained, New Zealand looked as if they had a chance of passing a total of only 251. When he left, New Zealand's fragile middle order panicked, despite a good 44 from Rutherford and a few lusty swings by the tail.

The attendance of 25,000 showed the enormous enthusiasm which exists in India. It is doubtful whether the same game played in Australia this winter will attract a much bigger crowd.



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