17th March 1996: Sri Lanka Stun Australia to Lift World Cup

It was on this day way back in 1996 that the Sri Lankan cricket team surprised everyone and won the coveted World Cup title, defeating Australia in the final

17th March 1996: Sri Lanka Stun Australia to Lift World Cup

New Delhi: It was on this day way back in 1996 that Sri Lankan cricket team under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga, surprised everyone and lifted the World Cup, defeating Australia in the final. The Lankan Lions had a great tournament throughout and beat England and India in the quarters and semis, respectively.

Come the big final, the Lankan bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict the Aussies to 241/7 in 50 overs. The star with the ball was Aravinda de Silva, who picked three wickets in nine overs. The all-rounder then starred with the bat too and scored perhaps the most crucial ton of his career. Aravinda's 107 took Lanka home with 22 balls to spare. For his efforts, he was adjudged man-of-the-match.

Initially the Lankan chase did not start really well and lost two wickets for just 23 runs. Then Aravinda strung a century partnership with Asanka Gurushinha. Then skipper Arjuna finished things off with a gritty 47 runs from 37 balls.



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
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
FULL Ranking