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15th October 2000: Chris Cairns Special Takes New Zealand to Maiden ICC Title

The final had the two best teams of the tournament pitted against each other and it showed in the level of cricket that was on display.

Cricketnext Staff |October 15, 2019, 9:53 AM IST
15th October 2000: Chris Cairns Special Takes New Zealand to Maiden ICC Title

On this day in 2000, a belligerent 102* by Chris Cairns helped New Zealand claim their maiden and to date only ICC title when they defeated India by 4 wickets in the final of the ICC KnockOut Trophy, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The final had the two best teams of the tournament pitted against each other and it showed in the level of cricket that was on display. India were labelled favourites after a clinical victory over South Africa in semi-finals but New Zealand too had shown remarkable resilience throughout the tournament.

India started off well after being sent into bat with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar adding 141 runs for the opening stand in under 27 overs. Ganguly, in particular, continued off from where he left in the semis as he stroked a classy 130-ball 117 while Tendulkar cracked an 83-ball 69 to pave way for a competitive Indian total of 264 for 6 in 50 overs.

The bowlers did well to pull things back in the end overs after India had threatened to post a score in excess of 300 at one stage.

Venkatesh Prasad had the New Zealand batsmen in trouble early as he removed Craig Spearman and Stephen Fleming in quick succession. Nathan Castle cracked a trademark 37 but timely strikes from India had New Zealand in trouble at 132 for 5 in the 24th over.

Cairns and Chris Harris then got together and crafted a crucial 122-run stand for the sixth wicket to all but take their side to the doorstep of victory. Cairns fittingly then hit the winning runs also completing a century in the process to take New Zealand to a win with two balls to spare.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5093 127
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
5 Australia 3518 107
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 5285 278
2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
5 South Africa 4380 258
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