Top 5 classical games in the World Cup
World Cup has hosted many classical encounters in past and today we’ll talk about five best encounters ever played in the mega event.
1:- West Indies vs Australia, 1996 World Cup
Cricket at its best, West Indies and Australia brought one of the finest matches ever to be played in the history of cricket.
Chandigarh was the venue and West Indies were up against the inform Australia in the semifinal of 1996 World Cup. Mark Taylor won the toss and elected to bat, things didn’t go according to plan and Ambrose and Bishop ripped the Aussie’s top order apart. 4 main batsmen went back to pavilion on only 15 runs and that’s where Law and Bevan came on the crease and scored the most important innings of their entire career, they built a partnership of 138 runs and brought Australia back to driving seat by setting a target of 208.
In reply, Chanderpaul became the wall and scored a stunning 80 for only 126 balls. The score was 2 for 165 but then everything changed within the minutes courtesy Warne and McGrath and they were all out for 202, 6 runs short only.
2:- Australia vs South Africa, 1999 World Cup
1999 World Cup witnessed a hell of a match when Australia came up against South Africa. Australia were sent to bat by Hansie Cronje and they were all out for 213 runs, Shaun Pollock sent five batsmen to pavilion for 36 runs.
In reply, South Africa almost won it in the last over but the last oversaw some amazing fielding by the Australian team and they were also all out for the same score. But luckily Australia managed to advance because they finished higher in the super six.
3:- Pakistan vs India, 2003 World Cup
One of the most hyped matches of all, Pakistan were up against India after a gap of almost 2 years and both teams had equal young talent and senior campaigners.
Waqar Younis won the toss and elected to bat first, Saeed Anwar seized the opportunity and scored a brilliant ton against the best bowling attack of the world. Pakistan managed to set a huge target of 274 in allotted overs.
Scoring 274 against a bowling attack consisting of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib seemed quite impossible but Sachin had different plans, he sent every batsman out of the park and with a little help from fellow batsmen he helped India chased the mighty total with five overs to spare.
4:- South Africa vs New Zealand, 2015 World Cup
South Africa again came very close but yet too far. South Africa scored 281 which was a very good total, but this time it was rain who ripped through the fate of South Africa and New Zealand won the match by DL Method.
Faf was the top scorer for South Africa who scored 82 and for New Zealand, it was Elliot who scored brilliant 84 from 73. New Zealand went on to lose the final from Australia.
5:- Pakistan vs India, 2011 World Cup
Pakistan vs India is always a nail-biter, and it’s always a final before the final. But this time, it was bigger than every Pakistan vs India match played before. The venue was Mohali, and Dhoni’s men were against Pakistan, team which broke Australia’s unbeaten streak in the World Cup.
India won the toss and elected to bat first, they were managed to score 260 against the best bowling line-up in the world, which was a win in itself.
In reply, Kamran and Hafeez gave a good start but nobody was there to build a partnership, the team managed to score only 231 before getting all-out. And that was the final before that final, as India went on to win the world cup after this.
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