Australia registered their first World Cup win

Australia were the finalists in the first ICC World Cup of 1975 but it wasn’t easy for them to emerge champions against the mighty West Indies. In the next two World Cups, Aussies tried their luck hard but couldn’t even reach semis but they didn’t give up on that front and kept the spirit burning. .

Their team in 1987 was very much different. It was the first time, when World Cup was played outside England as India had won in 1983, so it was played in the subcontinent grounds including Pakistan. From the initial stages of the tournament, Australia were cruising at the top. They only lost to India in the group stage and won all the matches. In the semi-final, they met Pakistan at Lahore and defeated the hosts in their home ground. The final was between Australia and England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Indian crowd was supporting Australia as England defeated India in the semis.

Winning the toss, Australian skipper Allan Border decided to bat first. Opener David Boon scored a steady 75 and towards the end, Mike Veletta’s blistering knock of 45 from 31 helped the Aussies in posting a good total of 253. This was England’s second World Cup final and once again they were chasing. They started off pretty nicely till the time their captain Mike Gatting got out. Gatting got out at the score of 135 and from there onwards Australian bowlers dominated and didn’t let any other batsman survive at the crease for long. Steve Waugh ensured this by taking the wicket Allan Lamb. England could not recover from there and lost the final by a whisker of seven runs. David Boon was awarded with Man of the Match award for his outstanding contribution with the bat.

It could be said that this was the spark of Australia’s dominance in One-Day format over the world.