India vs Australia 15th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs Australia 15th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 - Reliance World Cup 1987 tournament of the 15th ODI match played between Australia and India at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 22nd October 1987.

Half-centuries from Top-order batsmens Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohammad Azharuddin before Spinner Maninder Sharma's three-wickets sets up to India comprehensive 56-run victory over Australia and enter into the semi-finals in the 15th match of a Reliance World Cup.

India scored 289-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar cracked a 63 off 60-balls including 3-fours & 2-sixes.

Sunil Gavaskar struck 61 off 72-balls including 
7-fours, Mohammad Azharuddin blasted a unbeaten 54 off 45-balls, Navjot Sidhu scored 51 off 70-balls including 2-fours and Kris Srikkanth hit 26 off 37-balls included 3-fours.

Australia best bowler by Craig McDermott picked up 3-wickets, Simon O'Donnell, Steve Waugh and Bruce Reid each took one-wickets.

Australia scored 233 for all-out in 49 overs with top scorer by David Boon struck 62 off 59-balls including 7-fours.

Steve Waugh hit 42 off 52-balls including 3-fours, Dean Jones scored 36 off 55-balls without a boundary, Goeff Marsh cracked a 33 off 56-balls included 3-fours and Greg Dyer 15.

India best bowler by Mohammad Azharuddin picked up 3-wickets, Maninder Singh captured three-wickets for 34-runs in 10-overs, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar each took one-wickets.

Mohammad Azharuddin named Player of the match for his all-round performance to picked up 3-wickets for 19-runs in 3.5-overs after smashing a unbeaten 54 off 45-balls including 5-fours & a six with strike rate of 120.


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

INDIA's 56-run victory over Australia in New Delhi today should enable them to finish top of Group A and meet either England or the West Indies in the Bombay semi-final.

Their victory resulted not just from a brilliant batting display, but also from Maninder Singh and Shastri, two class spinners who proved easily the most effective and economical bowlers in the match.

Having won the toss Australia put their opponents in on a beautiful batting pitch with a fast outfield and shorter boundaries than on most Indian grounds, in front of a festival crowd of 40,000.

The Australians took the field with six seamers, an attack much favoured by counties in one-day cricket, but thankfully not proving successful in the Reliance World Cup.

I suspect they felt that their off-spinners, Taylor and May, would prove too expensive and so settled on a seam sextet, whose pace varied from fast to medium, Apart from Moody they bowled reasonably accurately and were supported by superb fielding, but on this pitch, with the ball coming sweetly on to the bat, seamers were cannon fodder.

Though no Indian batsman produced the major individual innings often decisive in the outcome of a one-day game, they were never becalmed at any stage, maintaining a high tempo from the first over.

Their final total of 289 was the highest they have achieved in a one-day international. The odds were against Australia reaching such a mammoth score in 50 overs, but they began splendidly with Boon and Marsh scoring runs off the Indian pacemen with even greater freedom than their counterparts earlier in the game.

They rattled up 84 runs in only 17 overs, including a fine 50 from Boon, so it looked as if there was a real chance of a remarkable victory.
At this juncture Maninder and Shastri were introduced into the attack and everything changed rapidly.

They removed both openers and not only ripped out the middle batting, but reduced the scoring rate so that the Indian total was soon out of reach, providing another example of the power of spin in India..



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