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13th June 1983: Trevor Chappell masterclass helps Australia overwhelm India
The first-ever match-up between the two teams came up only in the third edition of the tournament. It was a strange co-incidence that both teams came into the match with underdog status. India's record in the previous two tournaments was abysmal while Australia themselves were trying to recover during the 'post-Packer' phase which had robbed them of several star players. In the era of 60-over games, this match didn't quite leave up to its billing. Batting first, Australia rode on the brilliance of Trevor Chappell, who made a fine 110. He was well supported by captain Kim Hughes (52) and Graeme Yallop (66) as they finished with an imposing total of 320 for 9, this despite Kapil Dev coming up with career-best figures of 5 for 43. India were never in the chase and only a swashbuckling 27-ball 40 from Dev saved them from falling to a two-digit score. They were bundled out for 158, losing the contest by a whopping 162-run margin. The highs of beating West Indies and Zimbabwe in the first two matches had come crashing down.
20th June 1983: Binny stars as India gain semis berth
Having been mauled when the two teams met a week back in Nottingham, India extracted sweet revenge with an equally convincing 118-run win at Chelmsford, which also helped them qualify for the semi-finals of the mega tournament. Opting to bat first, India rode on the combined contributions of the entire batting order - with nine batsmen reaching double figures as they posted a respectable 247 on the board, despite being bowled out with 26 balls to spare. Five batsmen crossed 20, but none could top Yashpal Sharma's 40. For the bowling side, Rodney Hogg and Jeff Thomson took three wickets each. Chasing 248, Australia collapsed from 46 for 1 to 78 for 7 and with that their hopes of qualifying to the semis were in tatters. Roger Binny was the star performer, finishing with four wickets and so did Madan Lal. India had not only emphatically beaten Australia, but they were through to their maiden World Cup semi-final.
9th October 1987: The Chepauk classic
One year before the 1987 classic World Cup game between India and Australia, Chepauk had hosted the now famous tied Test. As the defending champions and playing at home for the first time in a World Cup match, India were the obvious favourites, but up against them were the steely Australians. Asked to bat first, the visitors rode on the back of a fine opening partnership worth 110 from David Boon and Geoff Marsh, with the latter going on and scoring a hundred. Dean Jones chipped in with a quick 39 and the eventual total got a two-run boost at the break after India captain, Kapil Dev, acceded to Australian claims that a shot from Jones, which was actually a six was erroneously declared as a four. India were in no mood to give up though and at one stage were bossing the game, having reached 202 for 2 after 35 overs. The match though turned on its head as Craig McDermott came back to strike four times, his victims being NS Sidhu, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri. The ice cool Steve Waugh then held his nerve to dismiss Maninder Singh in the final over, with India ironically 2 runs short of the target.
22nd October 1987: All-round Azharuddin steers India home
India exacted sweet revenge for their opening Chennai debacle with a comprehensive 56-run win in New Delhi. Asked to bat first by Australia, India found several contributors with Sunil Gavaskar, NS Sidhu and Dilip Vengsarkar, all going past the half-century mark. Mohammed Azharuddin then provided the icing on the cake, making a 45-ball unbeaten 54 as India finished at an imposing 289 for 6. Australia started well in the chase with the iconic opening pair of David Boon and Geoff Marsh adding 88 for the first wicket. But the dismissal of Boon, for 62, derailed the chase and Allan Border's men never really recovered, despite Steve Waugh's battling 42. He was one of Azharuddin's three victims as Australia eventually folded for 233.
1st March 1992: India lose a thriller at the Gabba
The rain rule, under which the 1992 World Cup was played, has had many nodding in disapproval and India became one of its earliest victims, having lost three overs in the chase for just two runs. Rain stopped play with India at 45 for 1 in the 17th over and when play resumed - the original target of 238 from 50 overs was reduced to 236 off 47 overs. Mohammed Azharuddin led a spirited chase, making a fine 93 and Sanjay Manjrekar made a rapid 42-ball 47. But both were dismissed run-out and it was left to Kiran More to score the 13 needed off the last over. He cheekily lapped the first two balls from Tom Moody to the long leg fence, but fell while trying to repeat it for a third time. Manoj Prabhakar ran himself out while trying a single off the penultimate ball and it left Javagal Srinath with the task of scoring four runs from the last ball.
The ace Indian pacer hoisted Moody wide of long-on but didn't have the power to clear the long straight boundaries of Gabba. Steve Waugh, normally the coolest Aussies under pressure, fumbled with the catch, but recovered quickly to throw it back to the keeper - Boon whipped the bails off and found Venkatapathi Raju well short, as he was going back for the match-tying third run. India had lost the match by one run. Earlier, Dean Jones' sparkling 90 had helped the hosts pile up 237 on the board, despite contrasting figures of 3 for 41 by both Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar.
27th February 1996: Another cliffhanger, another win for Australia
The Wankhede turned up in full force to see an epic clash, to watch legends in action and finally to see Sachin Tendulkar ride India to victory. They got to see a bit of everything, but even a masterclass from Sachin Tendulkar wasn't enough to give India a win. Batting first, Australia rode on a sensational 126 from Mark Waugh as they posted 258 on the board. When he was the fourth wicket to fall with the score on 232, his team looked poised for a big score, only for India to stage a fine comeback, taking the last six wickets for 26 runs. The reply started shakily and India were two down in no time. It was then followed by a thrilling counter-attack, as Tendulkar dominated half-century partnerships with both Azharuddin and Manjrekar. It needed a cheeky wide from Mark Waugh to end Tendulkar's dominance on 90 and that ended India's fight, despite Manjrekar's gutsy knock of 62. Eventually, India were bowled out for 214, 16 runs short of the target with Damien Fleming taking 5 for 36.
June 4th 1999: McGrath leaves India done and dusted
India's chase of a stiff 283 target was all but over in 44 balls. The cream of their batting - which included Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammed Azharuddin - were back in the hut with only 17 on the board. Ajay Jadeja made a century and Robin Singh chipped in with 75, but the damage had already been done and India fell short by a huge 77-run margin at the Kennington Oval. Asked to bat first under dark skies, Australians were welcomed to the crease by the sun which came out and Mark Waugh ensured that he cashed in on the gift. The elegant right-hander top-scored with 83 and found plenty of support down the order as Australia racked up a massive score on the board.
February 15th 2003: Australia pulverize abject India
An Australia v India World Cup has never been as one-sided as this one. Sample this, India were blown away for just 125, despite Sachin Tendulkar's 36 and it was chased down with nine wickets and 166 balls to spare. India called correctly and that's the only thing that went their way in Centurion. Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie took three wickets apiece to cripple India's middle-order and only Harbhajan Singh's feisty 28 let India get to the three-figure mark. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden then added 100 runs for the opening wicket to ensure that the victory was a mere formality.
March 23rd 2003: Ruthless Ponting decimates India
India won the crucial toss in the final of the 2003 World Cup and inexplicably asked Australia to bat first on a placid looking track. Perhaps, the wounds of Centurion hadn't healed and Ricky Ponting and his team didn't need a second invitation to make merry. Adam Gilchrist started the run-fest, making a 48-ball 57 and then Ricky Ponting took over. The Australian captain blasted a 121-ball 140*, one of the highlight innings of the tournament and together with Damien Martyn (84-ball 88*) added 234 runs for the third wicket as Australia finished with 359 for two.
The seeds of India's nervousness were sowed in the first over with Zaheer Khan spraying wides and no-balls in a 15-run over and it ended with boundaries being splattered all over the Bull-ring. India's chase depended largely on Sachin Tendulkar, but the master's duel with Glenn McGrath was short-lived, the Aussie speedster sending the maestro back in the first over. Virender Sehwag's 82 and some rain gave India hope, but they were snuffed up rather quickly as Australia marched to a comprehensive 125-run win at Johannesburg and back-to-back World titles.
24th March 2011: India stop Australia's title-winning run
There was plenty on offer ahead of India's quarter-final clash against Australia at Ahmedabad. As co-hosts and with a team that never had been that strong, India were one of the perennial favourites and they were up against a team that was gunning for an unprecedented fourth straight world title. Australia were a team that was on the wane, but with the experience of winning three titles on the trot, it was a team that couldn't be underestimated. As such a quarter-final clash between two heavyweights was a tad too early in the tournament. Batting first, Ricky Ponting brought back memories of Johannesburg with a well-crafted hundred. Giving him good support was Brad Haddin (53), while David Hussey added the finishing touches with a 26-ball 38.
The target of 261 wasn't daunting but in a winners-take-all game, it was challenging. Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir led the chase with aplomb, but when MS Dhoni was dismissed in the 38th over with the score reading 190, it was left to Yuvraj Singh to guide the team from choppy waters. He found an excellent hand in Suresh Raina and the pair added an unbeaten 72-run stand for the sixth wicket to take India home. The loss ended Australia's World Cup hegemony and further strengthened India's position as the leading contender.
26th March 2015: Smith pilots Australia to another World Cup final
Steven Smith took over the controls from Ricky Ponting and India were on a hiding for nothing as they surrendered their defence of the World Cup crown with a massive 95-run loss at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Nothing much went right for the men in blue once they lost the toss. Smith (105) and Aaron Finch (81) added 182 runs for the second wicket and the rest of the order chipped in nicely with useful twenties as the hosts finished at 328 for 7 - a match-winning total in most 50-over contests. India did stay in the hunt as their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, added 76 runs from 77 balls, but it all went downhill once the pair was broken. MS Dhoni fought a lonely battle with 65, but it was clear that even the normally composed Indian skipper had given up the chase. Eventually, India were bundled out for 233 to bow out of the tournament.
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