In the previous article, we have briefly described the World Cup 1983, now this article on world Cup 1987 all information related to this tournament is mention below.
This Cricket World Cup is also known as the Reliance World Cup was the fourth world cup of the ICC Cup tournament. It was scheduled from 8 October to 8 November 1987 in Pakistan and India – the first tournament which was scheduled to be held outside the England. The one-day cricket format was unchanged from the eight-team in 1983 event except for a drop down in the number of several overs a team played from each overs 60 to 50, the current standard.
Australia was the current competition that time for the first time, who defeated the England by seven runs in the World Cup final played in Kolkata’s at Eden Gardens stadium. The two host countries nations, Pakistan and India unsuccessful in reaching the final, after that both the teams, are being eliminated from the semi-finals. The West Indies team also failed to live up to their expectations and did not get an advance chance to stand in the group stage.
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Basic facts of world cup 1987
Dates (8 October – 8 November 1987)
Most wickets (Craig McDermott (18))
Administrator (International Cricket Council)
Most runs (Graham Gooch (471))
Cricket format (One Day International)
Matches played (27)
Tournament format (Round Robin and Knockout)
Host country (India and Pakistan)
Champions (Australia (1st title))
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Innovations in 1987 world cup
The innovation is that this was the first World Cup to be held away from England was also the first to feature neutral umpires.
In the first semi-final match, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. The Australian cricket team batsmen start in a very positive way got magnificent starts for the team, and they scored, with the David Boon who scored 65 runs from 91 balls, including 4 fours top scoring of the team innings, and making an 82 run for the second-wicket partnership with DM Jones. Australia was looking to touch 300 runs with strong batting before Imran Khan suddenly took 3 wickets for 17 runs in just 5 overs. Australia lost 4 wickets for just 31 runs, but a large number of extras 34 runs given from the Pakistani bowlers, as well as the strong batting from an earlier start on, brought Australia to touch 267 runs in 8 wickets, from 50 overs. Pakistan batting line up in initially was very poorly and upset, falling three wickets in 38 runs. Imran Khan scored 58 runs from 84 balls, including 4 fours and the support of Javed Miandad (70 runs from 103 balls, including 4 fours) brought a partnership of 112 runs in just 26 overs. However, with the required run rate reached at 7.87 runs per over when wicket of Miandad fell, there were only too just upcoming batsmen to do perform well in the innings and Pakistan suddenly lost 6/99 as they were all out for 249 in 49 overs
The second semi-final match of cricket world cups 1987. The match was scheduled between two teams India and England. India won the toss and chose to field first. After reaching 2 wickets in 79 runs, English batsman Graham Gooch scored 115 runs from 136 balls, including 11 fours and English captain Mike Gatting also scored 56 runs from 62 balls, including 5 fours make a partnership of 117 runs in just 19 overs. India didn’t start in a positive way, falling to 3 wickets for just 73 runs. The middle order scored, with Mohammed Azharuddin, who made 64 runs from 74 balls top scoring. Before Azharuddin was evident out lbw by Eddie Hemmings bowl, India was stand at 5/204, adding just 5 runs an over from the last 10 overs, support with 5 wickets in hands, and it’s just looked like that it would be a very close game. However, the middle and tail end order for India suddenly collapsed very soon, as India lost. India was eventually bowled all out and successfully made 219 runs all out, in just 45.3 overs, then England batting quickly chases the target and win the semi-final against beating India and reached the final.
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In the final match of world cup 1978 Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. David Boon scored 75 runs from 125 balls, including 7 fours top-scored for Australia, whose batsmen scored fluently. Australia posted 253 runs for the loss of 5 wickets, in 50 overs. Australian batsman Mike Veletta scored 45 runs from 31 balls, including 6 fours, as Australia scored 65 runs from the just last 6 overs of their innings. In the English batting reply, opener batsman Tim Robinson was bowled for a first-ball duck scored. Bill Athey scored 58 runs from 103 balls, in just 2 fours top-scored, and England were almost on the target, when captain of English team Mike Gatting scored 41 runs from 45 balls, including 3 fours, and 1 six backhanded to the suddenly with the loss of his wicket, a growing partnership of 69 runs in just 13 overs . Allan Lamb also added a great innings, but it was in vain as the required run-rate for England begins to rise. England batting entirely clasped and failed to score the last 17 runs from the final over, and the cup easily went to Australia.
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