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Who would have predicted that: Vinod Kambli's fluid knock helps India win 1993 Hero Cup match against South Africa

India's Vinod Kambli
India's Vinod Kambli

In our 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.


It is strange that Vinod Kambli became one of India's leading batters after his ODI debut in 1991 but did not play any ODI after 2000. In his 104-match career, he played a handful of match-winning knocks.


Match Summary

India 221 (49.2 overs) - Vinod Kambli 86 (116), Ajay Jadeja 39 (62); Hansie Cronje 3/29 (10), Fanie de Villiers 2/27 (8.2)

South Africa 178/9(50 overs) - Jonty Rhodes 56 (72), Hansie Cronje 39 (70); Salil Ankola 3/33(10), Ajay Jadeja 2/16(5)

Result - India won by 43 runs


In the 1993 C.A.B. Jubilee Tournament, popularly known as the Hero Cup, India had begun well with a win against Sri Lanka but lost their next match against West Indies and tied their third game against Zimbabwe. They were now up against South Africa in the 10th match of the tournament.

Batting first, the Mohammad Azharuddin-led side lost opener Manoj Prabhakar with the score just on six. Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli then had an 88-run partnership to take the team out of danger. While Jadeja was run-out on 39, Vinod Kambli played 116 deliveries for his 10 boundaries and glided his way to 86 at a strike rate of 74.14.

The knock was all the more important as India's batting star Sachin Tendulkar failed to fire that day. After Kambli's dismissal, India suffered a collapse and were bowled out for 221. 


Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Manoj Prabhakar), 2-94 (Ajay Jadeja), 3-129 (Sachin Tendulkar), 4-180 (Vinod Kambli), 5-188 (Pravin Amre), 6-192 (Mohammad Azharuddin), 7-196 (Vijay Yadav), 8-199 (Anil Kumble), 9-211 (Javagal Srinath), 10-221 (Kapil Dev)



Chasing just about a par total, South Africa were looking good at 108 for two with Hansie Cronje and Jonty Rhodes going well. But, after Rhodes was dismissed for a well-compiled half-century, there were no contributions from South Africa's middle order apart from an unbeaten 23 from David Richardson as the team was restricted to 178/9 from their 50 overs and lost the game by 43 runs.

By virtue of being the top scorer in the match, Vinod Kambli was awarded the Man of the Match.


Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Kepler Wessels), 2-40 (Andrew Hudson), 3-108 (Hansie Cronje), 4-124 (Dave Callaghan), 5-127 (Brian McMillan), 6-144 (Jonty Rhodes), 7-147 (Pat Symcox), 8-150 (Richard Snell), 9-157 (Fanie de Villiers)




India - Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja, Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin (c), Pravin Amre, Kapil Dev, Vijay Yadav (wk), Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Salil Ankola 

South Africa - Andrew Hudson, Kepler Wessels (c), Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes, Dave Callaghan, Brian McMillan, Dave Richardson (wk), Pat Symcox, Richard Snell, Fanie de Villiers, Allan Donald


Match Details


Match: IND v RSA, 10th Match, C.A.B. Jubilee Tournament (Hero Cup) 1993

Date: Monday, November 22, 1993 

Toss: South Africa won the toss and decded to bowl  

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, Ian Robinson 


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