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World Cup magic moments

World Cup magic moments

india Updated: Feb 07, 2003 13:31 IST

The World Cup has produced many moments of great cricketing drama.

1975: Gary Gilmour, Australia v England, Headingley

Australia left-armer Gary Gilmour took six for 14, the 23-year-old sending down his 12 overs straight through in a devastating spell of swing bowling that set up a four-wicket semi-final win.

John Snow and Chris Old then combined to equal effect to have Australia 39 for six before Gilmour steered Australia home with an unbeaten 28.

1979: Viv Richards, West Indies v England, Lord's:

Richards' 138 not out against England in the final was one more example of the master blaster's relish for the big occasion.

England, without injured paceman Bob Willis had no way of containing Richards. His 157 ball-knock, featuring three sixes and 11 fours, culminated when, to the last ball of the innings, he lofted Mike Hendrick high over square leg, setting up a 92-run win.

1983: Kapil Dev, India v Zimbabwe, Tunbridge Wells

In one of the most extraordinary World Cup innings, India captain Kapil Dev rescued his side from the depths of 17 for five with 175 not out, including six sixes and 16 fours.

India won the match. But more importantly, by showing India that anything was possible, Kapil Dev gave them the self-belief needed to reach the final and beat odds-on favourites West Indies.

1987: Graham Gooch, England v India, Bombay

England opener Gooch's reputation was built on his ability to play fast bowling. But in this match he showed his prowess against spin, sweeping left-armers Ravi Shastri and Maninder Singh to distraction on his way to 115 that helped set up a semi-final victory.

Gooch never liked to leave anything to chance and the day before he had honed his varieties of sweep stroke against a couple of local left-arm spinners in the nets.

1992: Meryck Pringle, South Africa v West Indies, Christchurch

Pringle, who spent most of his international career overshadowed by new-ball colleague Allan Donald, had a day to remember culminating with taking four for 11 in eight overs of fast-medium bowling.

West Indies needed just 201 to win but in the space of 11 balls, Pringle dismissed Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, Carl Hooper and Keith Arthurton to leave West Indies 19 for four and set up a 64-run victory.

1996: Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka v England, Faisalabad

But Jayasuriya, pioneering a new way of opening the batting in one-day cricket, showed England how to take advantage of the first 15 overs fielding restrictions, smashing 82 from 44 balls including three sixes and 14 fours.

Chasing a seemingly defensible 235 for eight, left-hander Jayasuriya inspired Sri Lanka to reach a hundred in the 12th over, the eventual champions on their way to a five-wicket quarter-final win.

1999: Neil Johnson, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Chelmsford

An inspired all-round display saw Johnson, opening the innings top score with 76 in Zimbabwe's 233 for six.

Then, taking the new ball, Johnson finished with three for 27 in eight overs as Zimbabwe dismissed South Africa for just 185 to claim their first win over their African neighbours at any level.

First Published: Feb 07, 2003 13:31 IST