11th March 1996: Lara Helps Windies Reach World Cup Quarters

Lara hit a marvellous ton and scored 111 off just 94 deliveries, which included 16 boundaries. Lara scored at a stunning strike rate of 118 before he was finally dismissed by Pat Symcox.

11th March 1996: Lara Helps Windies Reach World Cup Quarters

Brian Lara is regarded as one of the greats to have graced the gentleman's game and his record speaks for itself. On this day, Lara's masterclass with the bat helped West Indies trounce South Africa and enter the quarter-final of the ICC World Cup 1996.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, West Indies posted a commanding total of 264/8 in their innings in Karachi. Opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a half-century but it was the innings from Lara that helped the two-time world Champions get to the score that they did eventually.

Lara hit a marvelous ton and scored 111 off just 94 deliveries, which included 16 boundaries. He scored at a stunning strike rate of 118 before he was finally dismissed by Pat Symcox. The Windies middle and lower order failed to add sufficient runs in the end but Lara's innings had put them in a fighting position in the match.

While chasing, at one point, South Africa looked like they will surpass the Windies score very easily, with Andrew Hudson and Daryll Cullinan scoring half-centuries each.

But all that changed when spinners Roger Harper and Jimmy Adams came onto bowl. The duo shared seven wickets among themselves and completely wrecked the South African batting line-up. In the end, the Proteas fell short by 19 runs and Lara was awarded the Player of the Match for his incredible innings.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
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