Who would have predicted that: Gooch, Hemmings crush India-Pakistan final dream at 1987 World Cup
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After winning a hugely unanticipated World Cup title in 1983, India were one of the favourites to reach the final of the 1987 Reliance World Cup being the hosts.
As India faced England in the 2nd semi-final, it was expected that they were better equipped in their conditions to come out trumps. Pakistan too were expected to beat Australia in the 1st semi-final and a high-octane final between the neighbours was on the cards.
England 254/6(50 Overs) - Mike Gatting56 (62), Graham Gooch115 (136); Kapil Dev2/38 (10), Maninder Singh3/54 (10)
India 219(45.3 Overs) - Mohammad Azharuddin64 (74), Kris Srikkanth31 (55); Neil Foster3/47 (10), Eddie Hemmings4/52 (9.3)
Result - England won by 35 runs
Put in to bat, England put up a respectable total of 254 for six, with Graham Gooch excelling with a stroke filled 115. Gooch swept and pulled his way to a superb century and put on 117 with skipper Mike Gatting (56) as England posted a fighting total.
Alan Lamb's 29-ball 32, at a strike rate of 110.34, gave England some much-required momentum towards the end of the innings even as Kapil Dev and Maninder Singh shared five wickets between them.
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Tim Robinson), 2-79 (Bill Athey), 3-196 (Mike Gatting), 4-203 (Graham Gooch), 5-219 (John Emburey), 6-231 (Phil DeFreitas)
It was a gettable target and though India lost Sunil Gavaskar early in their reply, they were still in the game. Srikkanth (31), Sidhu (22) and Pandit (24) gave them a reasonable start before things picked up with Azharuddin and Kapil Dev coming together for the fifth wicket.
They gave the innings the necessary impetus with the skipper hitting a breezy 30 out of the 47-run partnership before playing an impetuous stroke holing out to Mike Gatting at deep mid wicket off Eddie Hemmings. It was an uncalled shot for the required run rate was well under control.
Still India remained favourites as Azharuddin and Shastri took the total past 200. At this stage with five wickets in hand and ten overs to go India needed five an over. But Hemmings removed Azharuddin for 64 and India lost their last five wickets for 15 runs, sliding sharply from 204 for five to 219 all out in the 46th over to lose the game by 35 runs as Hemmings ended with four for 52.
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Sunil Gavaskar), 2-58 (Kris Srikkanth), 3-73 (Navjot Sidhu), 4-121 (Chandrakant Pandit), 5-168 (Kapil Dev), 6-204 (Mohammad Azharuddin), 7-205 (Kiran More), 8-218 (Manoj Prabhakar), 9-219 (Chetan Sharma), 10-219 (Ravi Shastri)
England progressed to the final where they lost to Australia.
India - Kris Srikkanth, Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Sidhu, Mohammad Azharuddin, Chandrakant Pandit, Kapil Dev (c), Ravi Shastri, Kiran More (wk), Manoj Prabhakar, Chetan Sharma, Maninder Singh
England - Graham Gooch, Tim Robinson, Bill Athey, Mike Gatting (c), Allan Lamb, John Emburey, Phil DeFreitas, Paul Downton (wk), Neil Foster, Gladstone Small, Eddie Hemmings
Match: IND vs ENG, 2nd SF, Reliance World Cup, 1987
Date: Thursday, November 05, 1987
Toss: India won the toss and opt to bowl
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Tony Crafter, Steve Woodward
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