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World Cup Redux: Ganguly’s 183 Flattens Defending Champions

Cricketnext Staff |April 23, 2019, 12:06 PM IST
World Cup Redux: Ganguly’s 183 Flattens Defending Champions

On May 26 1999, India beat Sri Lanka by 157 runs in an ICC World Cup encounter that is remembered fondly by Indian cricket fans for Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid absolutely tearing into the defending champions.

Put in to bat first, India got off to a less than ideal start as opener Sadagoppan Ramesh was dismissed in the very first over of the match.

However, a 318-run stand between Dravid and Ganguly for the second wicket put the kibosh on any chance Sri Lanka might have had on winning the match.

The two displayed attacking batting and took Sri Lanka’s bowlers to the sword. Ganguly went on to score a career-high 183 whereas Dravid finished the innings on 145.

Dravid’s innings consisted of 17 fours and a solitary six. Ganguly’s innings had just as many boundaries but he also scored 7 sixes, quite the feat in an era where Twenty20 cricket didn’t exist.

The two batted till the 46th over when Dravid was run out by Muttiah Muralitharan. Ganguly batted on until the final over when he was dismissed by Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

It was always going to be an uphill task for Sri Lanka to win the match from here and so it proved. They lost both openers early and Marvin Atapattu also departed after getting a start.

Aravinda de Silva made a fighting half-century and Arjuna Ranatunga notched up 42 but it was never going to be enough as India dismissed them for 216.

Robin Singh was the pick of the bowlers for India, ending the match with figures of 5-31 and getting the big wickets of De Silva and Ranatunga besides running through the lower order.

India would qualify for the Super Six stage of the tournament after finishing second in their group but finished last in the stage, despite notching a win against arch-rivals and eventual finalists Pakistan. Incidentally, that was the only match Pakistan lost in the Super Six.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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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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