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

Allan Border led Australia to their first ever World Cup triumph as they defeated England by 7 runs in the final.

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.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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