1987 Cricket World Cup

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1987 Cricket World Cup
(Reliance World Cup)
Worldcup1987.jpg
Australian captain Allan Border with the trophy
Dates 8 October – 8 November 1987
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round robin and Knockout
Host(s) India
Pakistan
Champions  Australia (1st title)
Participants 8
Matches played 27
Most runs England Graham Gooch (471)
Most wickets Australia Craig McDermott (18)
1983
1992

The 1987 Cricket World Cup (also known as the Reliance World Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament. It was held from 8 October to 8 November 1987 in India and Pakistan – the first such tournament to be held outside England. The one-day format was unchanged from the eight-team 1983 event except for a reduction in the number of overs a team played from 60 to 50, the current standard.

The competition was won, for the first time, by Australia who defeated their arch-rivals England by seven runs in the most closely fought World Cup final to date in Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium. The two host nations, India and Pakistan failed to reach the final, after both being eliminated in the semi-finals. The West Indies failed to live up to expectations and did not advance from the group stage.[1]

Format[edit]

The format of the competition was two groups of four teams each team playing each other twice in fifty-over matches. The top two teams from each group would advance to the semi-finals where the two winners would then advance to the final. All matches were played during daytime and – for a final time in the event's history – saw the teams appear in traditional white clothing and use traditional red balls.

Qualification[edit]

See also: 1986 ICC Trophy

The ICC decreed that all seven (eligible) countries holding Test status would automatically qualify for the tournament; One additional entry place would be awarded to the winners of the 1986 ICC Trophy; and for the second time this turned out to be Zimbabwe, who defeated the Netherlands to earn the berth.

The following eight teams participated in the final tournament:

Venues[edit]

Venue City Capacity Matches
India
Eden Gardens Kolkata, West Bengal 90,000 2
Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra 45,000 2
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu 50,000 2
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad, Telangana 30,000 1
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore, Karnataka 55,000 1
Nehru Stadium Indore, Madhya Pradesh 25,000 1
Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi 40,000 1
Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad, Gujarat 48,000 1
Sector 16 Stadium Chandigarh, Punjab-Haryana 48,000 1
Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Odisha 25,000 1
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground Nagpur, Maharashtra 40,000 1
Green Park Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 40,000 1
Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, Rajasthan 25,000 1
Nehru Stadium Pune, Maharashtra 25,000 1
Pakistan
Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, Punjab 1
Municipal Stadium Gujranwala, Punjab 1
Niaz Stadium Hyderabad, Sindh 1
National Stadium Karachi, Sindh 45,000 3
Gaddaffi Stadium Lahore, Punjab 2
Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1
Pindi Club Ground Rawalpindi, Punjab 1

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W T L NRR Pts
 India 6 5 0 1 5.41 20
 Australia 6 5 0 1 5.19 20
 New Zealand 6 2 0 4 4.89 8
 Zimbabwe 6 0 0 6 3.76 0
9 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
270/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
269 (49.5 overs)
10 October 1987
Scorecard
New Zealand 
242/7 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
239 (49.4 overs)
13 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
235/9 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
139 (49.4 overs)
14 October 1987
Scorecard
India 
252/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
236/8 (50 overs)
17 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
135 (44.2 overs)
v
 India
136/2 (27.5 overs)
18 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
199/4 (30 overs)
v
 New Zealand
196/9 (30 overs)
22 October 1987
Scorecard
India 
289/6 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
233 (49 overs)
23 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
227/5 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
228/6 (47.4 overs)
26 October 1987
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
191/7 (50 overs)
v
 India
194/3 (42 overs)
27 October 1987
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Australia 
251/8 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
234 (48.4 overs)
30 October 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
266/5 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
196/6 (50 overs)
31 October 1987
Scorecard
New Zealand 
221/9 (50 overs)
v
 India
224/1 (32.1 overs)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W T L NRR Pts
 Pakistan 6 5 0 1 5.01 20
 England 6 4 0 2 5.14 16
 West Indies 6 3 0 3 5.16 12
 Sri Lanka 6 0 0 6 4.04 0
8 October 1987
Scorecard
Pakistan 
267/6 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
252 (49.2 overs)
9 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
243/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
246/8 (49.3 overs)
13 October 19871
Scorecard
Pakistan 
239/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
221 (48.4 overs)
13 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
360/4 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
169/4 (50 overs)
16 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
216 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
217/9 (50 overs)
17 October 1987
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England 
296/4 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
158/8 (45 overs)2
20 October 1987
Scorecard
England 
244/9 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
247/3 (49 overs)
21 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
236/8 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
211/8 (50 overs)
25 October 1987
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Pakistan 
297/7 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
184/8 (50 overs)
26 October 1987
Scorecard
England 
269/5 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
235 (48.1 overs)
30 October 1987
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
218/7 (50 overs)
v
 England
219/2 (41.2 overs)
30 October 1987
Scorecard
West Indies 
258/7 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
230/9 (50 overs)
  • Note 1: This match was scheduled for 12 October but abandoned without play due to rain. The reserve day was instead used.
  • Note 2: Rain interrupted the Sri Lankan innings; their target was reduced to 267 in 45 overs.

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
4 November – Lahore, Pakistan
  Australia 267/6  
  Pakistan 249  
 
8 November – Kolkata, India
      Australia 253/5
    England 246/8
5 November – Bombay, India
  England 254/6
  India 219  

Semi-finals[edit]

Australia won the toss and chose to bat. The Australian batsmen got off to a very good start, and they scored fluently, with David Boon (65 from 91 balls, 4 fours) top scoring, and making an 82 run second-wicket partnership with DM Jones. Australia were looking to reach 300 with strong batting before Imran Khan took 3 wickets for 17 runs in 5 overs. Australia lost 4/31, but a high number of extras (34) from the Pakistani bowlers, as well as the solid batting from earlier on, brought Australia to 267 (8 wickets, 50 overs). Pakistan started badly, falling to 3/38. Imran Khan (58 from 84 balls, 4 fours) and Javed Miandad (70 from 103 balls, 4 fours) shared a partnership of 112 runs in 26 overs. However, with the required run rate at 7.87 runs when Miandad fell, there was just too much for the upcoming batsmen to do, and Pakistan lost 6/99 as they were bowled all out for 249 (all out, 49 overs)

India won the toss and chose to field. After reaching 2/79, Graham Gooch (115 from 136 balls, 11 fours) and captain Mike Gatting (56 from 62 balls, 5 fours) shared a partnership of 117 runs in 19 overs. After Gooch was finally stumped, 51 more runs were added, and England reached 254 (6 wickets, 50 overs). India made a bad start, falling to 3/73. The middle order scored fluently, with Mohammed Azharuddin, (64 from 74 balls, 7 fours) top scoring. Before Azharuddin was removed lbw by Eddie Hemmings, India were at 5/204, needing 5 runs an over from the last 10 overs, with 5 wickets in hand, and it looked like it would be a very close game. However, the middle and tailend order for India collapsed, as India lost 5/15. India were eventually bowled all out for 219 (all out, 45.3 overs), giving England both a berth in the final and a measure of revenge for the loss they suffered to India in the semifinal of the World Cup four years earlier in England.

4 November 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
267/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
249 (49.2 overs)
5 November 1987
Scorecard
England 
254/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
219 (45.3 overs)

Final[edit]

Australia won the toss and chose to bat. David Boon (75 from 125 balls, 7 fours) top-scored for Australia, whose batsmen scored fluently. Australia posted 253 (5 wickets, 50 overs). Mike Veletta (45 from 31 balls, 6 fours) cut loose late in the innings, as Australia scored 65 runs from the last 6 overs of their innings. In the English reply, opener Tim Robinson was bowled for a first ball duck. Bill Athey (58 from 103 balls, 2 fours) top-scored, and England were almost on target,when captain Mike Gatting (41 from 45 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) handed back the initiative with the loss of his wicket, which ended a growing partnership of 69 runs in 13 overs between him and Athey. Allan Lamb (45 from 55 balls, 4 fours) also posted a great innings, but it was in vain as the required run-rate for England began to rise. When England failed to score the last 17 runs from the final over, the cup went to Australia.

8 November 1987
Scorecard
Australia 
253/5 (50 overs)
v
 England
246/8 (50 overs)

Statistics[edit]

Records[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • This world cup was the last time a sub-continent team didn't feature in the finals of a 50 over World Cup.

References[edit]

External links[edit]