India vs New Zealand 24th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of India vs New Zealand 24th Match Reliance World Cup 1987 - Reliance World Cup 1987 tournament of the 24th ODI match played between New Zealand and India at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur in 31st October 1987.

Chetan Sharma's historic World Cup hat-trick before A brilliant maiden century from Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth's scintillating 75 steers to India emphatic nine-wicket victory over New Zealand and India spectacularly achieved their aim of reaching the Bombay semi-final in a one-sided game of 24th match of a Reliance World Cup.

Match Stats :
  • Sunil Gavaskar became the first Indian batsman to score a century against New Zealand in One-day international cricket history.
  • Sunil Gavaskar became the second Indian batsman to score a hundred in World Cups after Kapil Dev.
  • Sunil Gavaskar became the eighth Indian batsman to score a hundred in ODIs.
  • Chetan Sharma became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in One-day international cricket history and overall the third player in ODIs after Jalal-ud-Din and Bruce Reid.
  • Chetan Sharma became the first player to claimed a hat-trick in World Cup history.

New Zealand scored 221-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Dipak Patel struck 40 off 51-balls including 3-fours.

John Wright scored 35 off 59-balls including 4-fours, Ken Rutherford 26, Jeff Crowe 24, Martin Crowe 23, Martin Crowe 21 and Phil Horne 18.

India best bowler by Chetan Sharma picked up 3-wickets for 51-runs in 10-overs including two maidens, Manoj Prabhakar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri and Maninder Singh each took one-wickets.

India chased 224-1 in 32.1 overs with top scorer by Sunil Gavaskar blasted a career-best unbeaten 103 off 88-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred & his first century in World Cups - including 10-fours & 3-sixes with strike rate of 117.04.

Kris Srikkanth hammered a 75 off 58-balls including 9-fours & 3-sixes with strike rate of 129.31 and Mohammad Azharuddin hit a unbeaten 41 off 51-balls included 5-fours.

New Zealand best bowler by Willie Watson took one-wicket for 50-runs in 10-overs.

This match reported by Tony Lewis (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

INDIA will be England's opponents in the World Cup semi-final at Bombay on Thursday,

They overwhelmed New Zealand in uncomfortable heat at Nagpur, their victory by nine wickets being achieved at a run-rate fast enough to ease Australia into second place in the Group A qualifiers.

Australia now meet the winners of Group B, Pakistan, in the first of the semi-finals at Lahore on Wednesday.

New Zealand, batting first when they won the toss, scored 221-9. India, to beat Australia's run rate, had to make the 222 to win in 42 overs. 

They did it by such a margin the vast crowd were paying more attention in the end to the performance of Sunil Gavaskar, who scored his first century in one-day international cricket.

Gavaskar had been unwell the day before and had missed practice, and during this century lasting 85 balls he frequently had to rest.

Gavaskar was made Man of the Match though he relied heavily in the early stages on his opening partner Srikkanth, who was in electric form, unleashing a mixture of orthodox and zany strokes on a plain collection of bowlers. Srik- kanth's 75 came off 58 balls.

Alas, New Zealand batted when the pitch was most tricky but looked out of their depth. A hat-trick by Chetan Sharma tore out the lower order.

There have been few surprises in the qualifying matches. Zimbabwe looked what they are, a bunch of amateurs, Sri Lanka played well below their potential, lacking the sterner qualities required at this level; New Zealand were no serious opposition without Hadlee and, of those who have made it to the last four, only England looked marginally unprepared. That they readjusted and the West Indies did not, was crucial in the outcome of Group B. Group A was simply a two-horse race with India now established in top place.



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