1996 Wills World Cup WINNER
Sri Lanka
Year
1996
Runner up
Australia
Host
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • Most Runs
    Sachin Tendulkar
    523 runs
  • Most Wickets
    Anil Kumble
    15 wickets
  • Player of the series
    Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka defeated Australia by seven wickets in the final to win their first World Cup. Captained by Arjuna Ranatunga, the island nation restricted Mark Taylor's Australia to 241/7 in 50 overs.

The Australian captain top scored with 74 runs.

Ricky Ponting made 45 while Michael Bevan remained unbeaten on 36. All-rounder Aravinda de Silva picked three wickets for Sri Lanka. He was not done yet as he also piled up a century (107 not out) in Sri Lanka's run-chase.

He partnered with Asanka Gurusinha (65) and bailed Sri Lanka out from a precarious situation when they were reduced to 23/2 following the dismissal of openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana.

Captain Ranatunga remained unbeaten on 47 as he and de Silva had a partnership of 97 runs as Sri Lanka coast to victory in the 47th over.

Earlier, India lost to Sri Lanka in the semi-final after the match was interrupted due to fans trouble following India's dismal batting. India were reduced to 120/8 while chasing 252.

In the other semi-final, Australia beat West Indies by five runs.

World Cup 1996 Points Table

No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 Sri Lanka 5 5 0 0 0 10
2 Australia 5 3 2 0 0 6
3 India 5 3 2 0 0 6
4 West Indies 5 2 3 0 0 4
5 Zimbabwe 5 1 4 0 0 2
6 Kenya 5 1 4 0 0 2
No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 South Africa 5 5 0 0 0 10
2 Pakistan 5 4 1 0 0 8
3 New Zealand 5 3 2 0 0 6
4 England 5 2 3 0 0 4
5 United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 0 0 2
6 Netherlands 5 0 5 0 0 0

World Cup 1996 Matches

Feb 14 1996, Wed
New Zealand Vs England, Match 1
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
239/6 - 228/9
New Zealand beat England by 11runs
Feb 16 1996, Fri
South Africa Vs United Arab Emirates, Match 2
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
321/2 - 152/8
South Africa beat United Arab Emirates by 169 runs
Feb 16 1996, Fri
Zimbabwe Vs West Indies, Match 3
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
151/9 - 155/4
West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Feb 17 1996, Sat
New Zealand Vs Netherlands, Match 4
Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
307/8 - 188/7
New Zealand beat Netherlands by 119 runs
Feb 18 1996, Sun
India Vs Kenya, Match 6
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
203/3 - 199/6
India beat Kenya by 7 wickets
Feb 18 1996, Sun
United Arab Emirates Vs England, Match 7
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
136/10 - 140/2
England beat United Arab Emirates by 8 wickets
Feb 20 1996, Tue
New Zealand Vs South Africa, Match 8
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
177/9 - 178/5
South Africa beat New Zealand by 5 wickets
Feb 21 1996, Wed
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe, Match 9
Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
229/4 - 228/6
Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Feb 21 1996, Wed
India Vs West Indies, Match 10
Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior
174/5 - 173/10
India beat West Indies by 5 wickets
Feb 22 1996, Thu
England Vs Netherlands, Match 11
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
279/4 - 230/6
England beat Netherlands by 49 runs
Feb 23 1996, Fri
Australia Vs Kenya, Match 12
Indira Priyadarshini Stadium, Visakhapatnam
304/7 - 207/7
Australia beat Kenya by 97 runs
Feb 24 1996, Sat
Pakistan Vs United Arab Emirates, Match 13
Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala
112/1 - 109/9
Pakistan beat United Arab Emirates by 9 wickets
Feb 25 1996, Sun
South Africa Vs England, Match 14
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
230/10 - 152/10
South Africa beat England by 78 runs
Feb 26 1996, Mon
Kenya Vs Zimbabwe, Match 16
Moin-ul-Haq Stadium, Patna
0/0 - 45/3
Abandoned
Feb 26 1996, Mon
Pakistan Vs Netherlands, Match 17
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
151/2 - 145/7
Pakistan beat Netherlands by 8 wickets
Feb 27 1996, Tue
Kenya Vs Zimbabwe, Match 16
Moin-ul-Haq Stadium, Patna
134/10 - 137/5
Zimbabwe beat Kenya by 5 wickets
Feb 27 1996, Tue
New Zealand Vs United Arab Emirates, Match 18
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
276/8 - 167/9
New Zealand beat United Arab Emirates by 109 runs
Feb 27 1996, Tue
India Vs Australia, Match 19
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
242/10 - 258/10
Australia beat India by 16 runs
Feb 29 1996, Thu
Kenya Vs West Indies, Match 20
Nehru Stadium, Pune
166/10 - 93/10
Kenya beat West Indies by 73 runs
Feb 29 1996, Thu
Pakistan Vs South Africa, Match 21
National Stadium, Karachi
242/6 - 243/5
South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
Mar 01 1996, Fri
Zimbabwe Vs Australia, Match 22
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
154/10 - 158/2
Australia beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets
Mar 01 1996, Fri
Netherlands Vs United Arab Emirates, Match 23
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
216/9 - 220/3
United Arab Emirates beat Netherlands by 7 wickets
Mar 02 1996, Sat
India Vs Sri Lanka, Match 24
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
271/3 - 272/4
Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets
Mar 03 1996, Sun
Pakistan Vs England, Match 25
National Stadium, Karachi
250/3 - 249/9
Pakistan beat England by 7 wickets
Mar 04 1996, Mon
Australia Vs West Indies, Match 26
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
229/6 - 232/6
West Indies beat Australia by 4 wickets
Mar 05 1996, Tue
South Africa Vs Netherlands, Match 27
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
328/3 - 168/8
South Africa beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Mar 06 1996, Wed
Sri Lanka Vs Kenya, Match 28
Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy
398/5 - 254/7
Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 144 runs
Mar 06 1996, Wed
India Vs Zimbabwe, Match 29
Green Park, Kanpur
247/5 - 207/10
India beat Zimbabwe by 40 runs
Mar 06 1996, Wed
Pakistan Vs New Zealand, Match 30
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
281/5 - 235/9
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 46 runs
Mar 09 1996, Sat
India Vs Pakistan, 2nd Quarter Final
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
287/8 - 248/9
India beat Pakistan by 39 runs
Mar 09 1996, Sat
England Vs Sri Lanka, 1st Quarter Final
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
235/8 - 236/5
Sri Lanka beat England by 5 wickets
Mar 11 1996, Mon
West Indies Vs South Africa, 3rd Quarter Final
National Stadium, Karachi
264/8 - 245/10
West Indies beat South Africa by 19 runs
Mar 11 1996, Mon
New Zealand Vs Australia, 4th Quarter Final
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
286/9 - 289/4
Australia beat New Zealand by 6 wickets
Mar 13 1996, Wed
India Vs Sri Lanka, 1st Semi Final
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
120/8 - 251/8
Sri Lanka beat India by 131 runs
Mar 14 1996, Thu
Australia Vs West Indies, 2nd Semi Final
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
207/8 - 202/10
Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs
Mar 17 1996, Sun
Australia Vs Sri Lanka, Final
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
241/7 - 245/3
Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets
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