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Who would have predicted that: 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup - India lose to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Henry Olonga
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In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

One of the biggest World Cup upsets came when India were beaten by Zimbabwe by the narrowest of narrow margins in their second match of the 1999 World Cup. India had lost one and Zimbabwe had won one coming into this game. The spirits were not very high in the Indian camp with star batsman Sachin Tendulkar returning home after the unfortunate death of his father.

 

The Men in Blue required only nine runs from two overs when Henry Olonga delivered the match-winning over. It didn't help that India were docked four overs from their run chase, due to a slow over-rate in the field. However, if you were betting inplay on the outcome of this match with 2 overs to go and 9 runs to win, India would have firm favourites to win this from here, even if the Australian online casino reviews by AussieCasinoHEX.com had been around then, the odds would have firmly been with India!

 

Match Summary

 

Zimbabwe 252/9 (50 Overs) - Andy Flower* 68 (85), Grant Flower 45 (89); Venkatesh Prasad 2/37 (10), Javagal Srinath 2/35 (10)

 

India 249 (45 Overs) - Ajay Jadeja 43 (76), Sadagoppan Ramesh 55 (77); Henry Olonga 3/22 (4), Heath Streak 3/36 (9)

 

Result - Zimbabwe won by 3 runs

 

India had invited Zimbabwe to bat first and bowled well in patches but what went wrong were the 51 extras they conceded. Andy Flower scored an unbeaten 68 for Zimbabwe. Opener Grant flower also scored a valuable 45 to take the team to a respectable score of 252/9.

 

Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad bowled well for India, picking up two wickets each while being miserly. But, it was a terrible off-day for Ajit Agarkar (9-0-70-1) which hurt the team badly.

 

 Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Neil Johnson, 2.4 ov), 2-45 (Paul Strang, 9.5 ov), 3-87 (Murray Goodwin, 21.2 ov), 4-144 (Grant Flower, 31.1 ov), 5-204 (Alistair Campbell, 40.3 ov), 6-211 (Guy Whittall, 42.4 ov), 7-214 (Stuart Carlisle, 43.2 ov), 8-244 (Heath Streak, 47.6 ov), 9-250 (Eddo Brandes, 49.2 ov)

 

India looked set to triumph in the Group A fixture at Grace Road when they required just nine runs from the final two overs. Sadagoppan Ramesh, who replaced Sachin Tendulkar, scored 55. The middle-order batsmen, Ajay Jadeja (43), Robin Singh (35) and Nayan Mongia (28), brought India to the gates of win. But, Henry Olonga changed the outcome in a hurry. 

 

The seamer returned to the attack after a disappointing initial spell to claim the final three Indian wickets in the same over. After Robin Singh was caught for 35, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad fell in successive deliveries to leave India all out for 249.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Sourav Ganguly, 1.5 ov), 2-44 (Rahul Dravid, 6.4 ov), 3-56 (Mohammad Azharuddin, 8.6 ov), 4-155 (Sadagoppan Ramesh, 27.5 ov), 5-174 (Ajay Jadeja, 32.2 ov), 6-175 (Ajit Agarkar, 33.2 ov), 7-219 (Nayan Mongia, 40.5 ov), 8-246 (Robin Singh, 44.2 ov), 9-249 (Javagal Srinath, 44.5 ov), 10-249 (Venkatesh Prasad, 44.6 ov)

 

 Teams

 

India - Sourav Ganguly, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin (c), Ajay Jadeja, Robin Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Nayan Mongia (wk), Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad

 

Zimbabwe - Neil Johnson, Grant Flower, Paul Strang, Murray Goodwin, Andy Flower (wk), Alistair Campbell (c), Guy Whittall, Stuart Carlisle, Heath Streak, Eddo Brandes, Henry Olonga

 

Match Details

 

Match: India vs Zimbabwe, 8th Match, ICC World Cup, 1999 

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 

Toss: India won the toss and opt to bowl 

Venue: Grace Road, Leicester 

Umpires: David Orchard, Peter Willey 

Third Umpire: Darrell Hair 

Match Referee: Cammie Smith

 

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