1987 Reliance World Cup WINNER
Australia
Year
1987
Runner up
England
Host
India and Pakistan
  • Most Runs
    Graham Gooch
    471 runs
  • Most Wickets
    Craig McDermott
    18 wickets
  • Player of the series

Australia became the first team to win the 50-over format cricket World Cup in 1987 when they defeated arch-rivals England by seven runs in the final played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata (then Calcutta).

Winning the toss, Allan Border led Australia batted first to post 253/5 in 50 overs. Opening batsman David Boon top-scored for Australia with 75 runs (seven fours).

Mike Veletta made a quick fire 45 not out off 31 balls to take Australia's total beyond 250. His innings included six fours. England's Eddie Hemmings managed to pick two wickets.

Replying to a modest total, England were well on course to victory when captain Mike Getting (41) and Allan Lamb (45) were batting in the middle.

However, following the wickets of Bill Athey (58) and Getting, the English lower-order batsmen struggled as the hosts were restricted to 246/8 in 50 overs.

A collective economical spell by the Australian bowlers led by captain Allan Border (2/38) and Steve Waugh (2/37) gave Australia win by seven runs.

Ahead of the final, eventual winners Australia defeated Pakistan by 18 runs at the first semi-final in Lahore. In the other semi-final, England defeated India by 35 runs in Mumbai; thus eliminating both the co-hosts.

This was for the first time that the cricket World Cup was organized outside England as it was hosted jointly by India and Pakistan.

Eight teams participated in this World Cup and 27 matches were played including the semi-finals and the final.

World Cup 1987 Points Table

No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 India 6 5 1 0 0 20
2 Australia 6 5 1 0 0 20
3 New Zealand 6 2 4 0 0 8
4 Zimbabwe 6 0 6 0 0 0
No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 Pakistan 6 5 1 0 0 20
2 England 6 4 2 0 0 16
3 West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 12
4 Sri Lanka 6 0 6 0 0 0

World Cup 1987 Matches

Oct 08 1987, Thu
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka, Match 1
Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, Sind
267/6 - 252/10
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs
Oct 09 1987, Fri
West Indies Vs England, Match 2
Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala
243/7 - 246/8
England beat West Indies by 2 wickets
Oct 09 1987, Fri
India Vs Australia, Match 3
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
269/10 - 270/6
Australia beat India by 1 runs
Oct 10 1987, Sat
New Zealand Vs Zimbabwe, Match 4
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
242/7 - 239/10
New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 3 runs
Oct 13 1987, Tue
Pakistan Vs England, Match 5
Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi
239/7 - 221/10
Pakistan beat England by 18 runs
Oct 13 1987, Tue
Australia Vs Zimbabwe, Match 6
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
235/9 - 139/10
Australia beat Zimbabwe by 96 runs
Oct 13 1987, Tue
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka, Match 7
National Stadium, Karachi
360/4 - 169/4
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 191 runs
Oct 14 1987, Wed
India Vs New Zealand, Match 8
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
252/7 - 236/8
India beat New Zealand by 16 runs
Oct 16 1987, Fri
Pakistan Vs West Indies, Match 9
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
217/9 - 216/10
Pakistan beat West Indies by 1 wickets
Oct 17 1987, Sat
England Vs Sri Lanka, Match 10
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
296/4 - 158/8
England beat Sri Lanka by 108 runs (revised target)
Oct 17 1987, Sat
India Vs Zimbabwe, Match 11
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
136/2 - 135/10
India beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets
Oct 19 1987, Mon
Australia Vs New Zealand, Match 12
Nehru Stadium, Indore
199/4 - 196/9
Australia beat New Zealand by 3 runs
Oct 20 1987, Tue
Pakistan Vs England, Match 13
National Stadium, Karachi
247/3 - 244/9
Pakistan beat England by 7 Wickets
Oct 21 1987, Wed
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka, Match 14
Green Park, Kanpur
236/8 - 211/8
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 25 runs
Oct 22 1987, Thu
India Vs Australia, Match 15
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
289/6 - 233/10
India beat Australia by 56 runs
Oct 23 1987, Fri
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand, Match 16
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
227/5 - 228/6
New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 4 wickets
Oct 25 1987, Sun
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka, Match 17
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
297/7 - 184/8
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs
Oct 26 1987, Mon
England Vs West Indies, Match 18
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
269/5 - 235/10
England beat West Indies by 34 runs
Oct 26 1987, Mon
India Vs Zimbabwe, Match 19
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
194/3 - 191/7
India beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
Oct 27 1987, Tue
Australia Vs New Zealand, Match 20
Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh
251/8 - 234/10
Australia beat New Zealand by 17 runs
Oct 30 1987, Fri
Australia Vs Zimbabwe, Match 21
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
266/5 - 196/6
Australia beat Zimbabwe by 70 runs
Oct 30 1987, Fri
Sri Lanka Vs England, Match 22
Nehru Stadium, Pune
218/7 - 219/2
England beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets
Oct 30 1987, Fri
Pakistan Vs West Indies, Match 23
National Stadium, Karachi
230/9 - 258/7
West Indies beat Pakistan by 28 runs
Oct 31 1987, Sat
India Vs New Zealand, Match 24
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
224/1 - 221/9
India beat New Zealand by 9 wickets
Nov 04 1987, Wed
Pakistan Vs Australia, 1st Semi Final
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
249/10 - 267/8
Australia beat Pakistan by 18 runs
Nov 05 1987, Thu
India Vs England, 2nd Semi Final
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
219/10 - 254/6
England beat India by 35 runs
Nov 08 1987, Sun
Australia Vs England, Final
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
253/5 - 246/8
Australia beat England by 7 runs
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