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26th May 1999: When Ganguly and Dravid Put Up A Record 318-Run Stand

Cricketnext Staff |May 26, 2019, 8:24 AM IST
26th May 1999: When Ganguly and Dravid Put Up A Record 318-Run Stand

20 years ago, on this very day, two precociously talented Indian youngsters launched an attack, not seen before in the history of the ICC World Cup. The venue was Taunton in England and the duo of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid traumatized the Sri Lankan bowling attack by putting together a 2nd-wicket partnership of 318 runs to help India score a massive total of 373/6 in their 50 overs in a group match.

Both Ganguly and Dravid were still finding their feet in the international arena, three years after their sensational Test debut in England itself. Both players had by then become an integral part of the Indian batting line-up.

Playing in their first ever World Cup, Ganguly and Dravid displayed maturity beyond their years in the clash against their sub-continental rivals, who were also the defending champions.

Coming together with the score on 6 for 1, it was Dravid who started the initial attack by playing some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket. He drove, flicked and pulled with panache. Dravid, in fact, raced to his half-century in just 43 deliveries.

Ganguly took his own sweet time to get going, but once set the southpaw unleashed the big shots and took Sri Lanka's bowlers to the cleaners. Dravid was the first to get past the century mark but Ganguly soon overtook his partner.

Dravid was unfortunate to be run out for 145 and that brought an end to the 318-run stand. Ganguly though continued his onslaught and was eventually dismissed on the penultimate delivery of the innings. By then Ganguly had slammed 183 runs in just 158 deliveries. His knock was studded with 17 boundaries and 7 massive sixes.

The partnership between the duo was the highest for any wicket in the World Cup until Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels toppled it in the 2015 ICC World Cup against Zimbabwe.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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