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8th November 1987: Border Leads Australia to Their First World Cup Triumph

Cricketnext Staff |November 8, 2017, 5:24 PM IST
8th November 1987: Border Leads Australia to Their First World Cup Triumph

World Cup came to the sub-continent for the first time in 1987 and it was traditional rivals Australia and England who fought it out for the title in Kolkata.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, with opener David Boon leading from the front as he smashed 75 off 125 balls.

Many Australian batsmen got starts but no one scored big, Geoff Marsh (24), Dean Jones (33) and Allan Border (31) were all among runs but it took a late surge led by Mike Veletta, who scored an unbeaten 45 off just 31 balls to help the Aussies cross 250.

For England, Eddie Hemmings was the pick of the bowlers, as he ended with figures of 2/48. Australia ended on 253/5 after their 50 overs.

England lost Tim Robinson early, but Graham Gooch then built a solid 65-run partnership with Bill Athey.

Gooch was dismissed for 35, but skipper Mike Gatting joined Athey in the middle, and at one stage it seemed England would cruise home.

Gatting, who was one of the most technically correct batsman and was not a known risk taker, had what can now be called a 'brain fade' as he tried to reverse sweep Allan Border, but could only manage a top edge which was comfortably taken by keeper Greg Dyer.

That proved to be a turning point in the match, as Australia capitalised on the breakthrough and never allowed England to come back into the match.

Allan Lamb did make 45, but in the end England fell 7 runs short, and Australia began their era of World domination.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
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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