- Most RunsSachin Tendulkar523 runs
- Most WicketsAnil Kumble15 wickets
- Player of the seriesSanath 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
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