When a Sourav Ganguly-inspired India sent World Cup 1999 host England out of the competition

When England arrived in Edgbaston they thought they had sealed their Super Six spot, but when Zimbabwe beat the strong South Africa, it changed it all. England needed a win and when rain stopped the play on May 29, 1999, they were 73 for three. Play resumed next morning as England began their do-or-die battle against old foes India but things didn’t go their way when umpire Javed Akhtar contentiously ruled the well-set Graham Thorpe leg before to a Javagal Srinath delivery.

England had earlier put India in and restricted them to 232. Sourav Ganguly scored a fluent 40 before being run out unluckily, Rahul Dravid top-scored with 53 and the innings received a late impetus from Ajay Jadeja who scored a quick 39. Chasing 233, wasn’t going to be easy for England as the clouds came in the way of the bright sunshine.

Ganguly and Nasser Hussain, as captains of their respective sides would enjoy several memorable battles in the years to come but in this game, the Indian cricketer won another personal battle when he disturbed the stumps of the Englishman. In the above picture, we see Ganguly celebrating Hussain’s wicket.

Ganguly bowled a brilliant spell of 8-0-27-3; also picking the wickets of the dangerous Neil Fairbrother and Mark Ealham, as on this day 16 years back, India marked a memorable win over the World Cup hosts England which led to the latter’s exit from the competition.