In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 56 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, we take a look back March 13, 1996 when India were ousted from the World Cup semi-finals on a dark day for Indian cricket.
Mindful of the ease with which Sri Lanka had chased 272 in Delhi, Mohammad Azharuddin put the opposition in and when both openers were dismissed in four deliveries the Indians were cock-a-hoop. Then Aravinda de Silva played an amazing innings.
De Silva’s driving was especially pleasing, with the ball repeatedly caressed between cover and extra-cover as the Indians were left for retrieval purposes only. All the while the run rate hovered near seven, even as Asanka Gurusinha laboured 29 minutes and 16 balls for a single run.
De Silva was finally bowled for 66 off 47 balls in the 15th over, inside-edging Anil Kumble onto his stumps. From 85/3, Sri Lanka rallied to 251/8 on a rapidly waning wicket.
De Silva later picked up a wicket as India’s World Cup dreams came crashing down after passionate fans failed to digest an infamous collapse and expressed themselves by throwing water bottles and other projectiles while setting fire to the seating. (READ:Eden Gardens brings shame to nation)
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