1997 'Friendship' Cup

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1997 Friendship Cup
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Host(s)  Canada
Champions  India
Participants 2
Matches played 6
Player of the series India Sourav Ganguly
Most runs India Sourav Ganguly (222)
Most wickets India Sourav Ganguly (15)
1996
1998

The 1997 'Friendship Cup' , also known as the 1997 Sahara 'Friendship Cup' for sponsorship reasons was a One Day International cricket series which took place between 13-21 September 1997.[1] The tournament was held in Canada, which was seen as perfect neutral territory for India and Pakistan to play each other. The tournament was won by India, who won the series 4-1.

Teams[edit]

Squads[edit]

 India  Pakistan

Fixtures[edit]

Warm-up match[edit]

11 September
Scorecard
Canada 
171/6 (35 overs)
v
 India
176/4 (34 overs)
George Codrington 101 (97)
Debasis Mohanty 2/5 (5 overs)
Robin Singh 57* (52)
Barry Seebaran 3/23 (7 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Ajax Cricket Club, Ajax
Umpires: Nizam Baksh, Colin Harvey and Ken Patel
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 35 overs per side due to rain.

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

13 September
Scorecard
India 
208 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
188 (44.2 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 49 (54)
Saqlain Mushtaq 5/45 (10 overs)
Saleem Malik 64 (87)
Sourav Ganguly 3/44 (8.2 overs)
India won by 20 runs
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Rudi Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: Ajay Jadeja (Ind)

2nd ODI[edit]

14 September
Scorecard
Pakistan 
116 (45 overs)
v
 India
119/3 (34.4 overs)
Saleem Malik 36 (58)
Debasis Mohanty 3/15 (7 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 32 (86)
Saqlain Mushtaq 1/24 (8 overs)
India won by 3 wickets
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Steve Randell (Aus)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Crowd trouble and Inzamam-ul-Haq's (Pak) scuffle with the crowd delayed play by 40 minutes after 16th over of India's innings.

3rd ODI[edit]

17 September
Scorecard
Pakistan 
169/3 (31.5 overs)
v
Saeed Anwar 74 (84)
Sourav Ganguly 2/39 (7.5 overs)
  • Rain reduced Pakistan innings to 31.5 overs and India's target was set to 141 runs in 25 overs by Parabola method.[2]
  • Subsequent rain led to abandoning of the match and called for a replay.

3rd ODI[edit]

18 September
Scorecard
India 
182/6 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
148 (36.5 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 67 (110)
Mohammad Akram 2/28 (10 overs)
Shahid Afridi 44 (38)
Sourav Ganguly 5/16 (10 overs)
India won by 34 runs
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and Steve Randell (Aus)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.

4th ODI[edit]

20 September
Scorecard
Pakistan 
159/6 (28 overs)
v
 India
162/3 (25.3 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 33* (24)
Harvinder Singh 2/25 (5 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 75* (75)
Shahid Nazir 3/38 (6 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Steve Randell (Aus)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 28 overs per side due to rain; India innings limited to 26 overs due to their slow over rate.

5th ODI[edit]

21 September
Scorecard
India 
250/5 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
251/5 (41.5 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 96 (136)
Azhar Mahmood 2/27 (10 overs)
Inzamam-ul-Haq 71* (86)
Sourav Ganguly 2/33 (9 overs)
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (WI) and Steve Randell (Aus)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Pakistan innings limited to 48 overs due to slow over rate.

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[3] Most wickets[3]
India Sourav Ganguly 222 India Sourav Ganguly 15
India Mohammad Azharuddin 197 India Harvinder Singh 9
Pakistan Shahid Afridi 145 Pakistan Saqlain Mushtaq 8
Pakistan Saeed Anwar 140 India Debasis Mohanty 8
Pakistan Saleem Malik 132 India Abey Kuruvilla 7

Spectator incident[edit]

During the 2nd ODI, spectator Shiv Kumar Thind, an Indian living in Toronto, used a megaphone to shout abuse at Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq. Thind likened ul-Haq's physical size to that of several kinds of potato and The Buddha. ul-Haq took offense to this and proceeded to enter the crowd and challenge Thind. When Thind threw his megaphone at him, ul-Haq borrowed a cricket bat from a teammate and attempted to attack Thind with it. The event subsequently caused a 37-minute delay in the game and later resulted in both men filing charges of assault against one another. Thind and ul-Haq later withdrew the charges, although the Pakistan Cricket Board banned ul-Haq for two matches.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tournament fixture list
  2. ^ "India v Pakistan, Sahara 'Friendship' Cup 1997 (3rd ODI)". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 18 July 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Averages by Team
  4. ^ The Worst of Cricket (2008), p. 68-69.

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